Call for a halt to Northcote campaign spending
Democrats for Social Credit Party Leader, Stephnie de Ruyter, has called for all parties to halt further spending on the Northcote by-election.
“We’re pledging to put the bulk of what our Party was going to spend into a fund to donate to the Auckland City Mission and the Salvation Army food banks.
“We won’t spend that money on the campaign, we’ll put it into the fund.
“Given the dire need of so many people for food parcels from those two organisations, we will uphold our social credit principles by not spending further money on the by-election campaign.
“Although other parties have already committed
part of the $53,000 they are entitled to spend, we are
challenging them to stop any further spending immediately
and instead put the money instead into a joint fund for
those in need.
“National, Labour, ACT, and the
Greens should not waste $100,000, or more, on campaigning
when that money could make a huge difference for people who
are struggling to feed their families.
and their parties should put their money where their mouths
are – not on thousands of flyers which will end up in the
rubbish stream, not on radio advertising that most people
won’t listen to, not on more signs that will pollute the
visual landscape and end up at the rubbish tip, and not on a
parade of highly paid Ministers and MPs and their hangers-on
from Wellington, whose flights and ministerial transport
will be at the taxpayer’s expense.
“To show that
their concern for people is genuine and not just hot air,
they must stop any more campaign spending and put the money
into a joint fund for the Salvation Army and City Mission
“Dr Jonathan Coleman should also front
up with a contribution. After all, he stood just 6 months
ago pledging to represent Northcote voters for the next 3
years, but resigned, triggering this by-election which is
costing taxpayers $1 million.
“Dr Coleman didn’t
resign because he was ill, or had a family crisis, but
because his bid to get into the leadership of the National
Party failed. It’s clear that he didn’t want to do the
hard yards in opposition, and he got a more lucrative offer
in the private sector.”
Democrats for Social Credit Party supporters will collect money and food donations in shopping centres throughout the electorate.
Give-A-Little page is being established so that people
outside the electorate can contribute to the fund.