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Focus NZ was a political party in New Zealand. Founded as "NZ Rural", the party was based in Northland and represented the interests of business owners, producers and provincial communities.[1] Areas of concern include the exchange rate and empowerment of communities.[2][3]

Focus New Zealand
PresidentLes King
Founded2012
Dissolved2016
HeadquartersNorthland, New Zealand
IdeologyPopulism
Agrarianism
Economic nationalism
International affiliationNone
Website
http://www.focusnz.org.nz/

On 22 August 2012 the party applied to register a logo with the Electoral Commission.[4] The logo was approved on 24 September 2012.[5]

Original logo of the NZ Rural Party

The party held its first meeting on 24 November 2012,[6] during which it decided to change its name to "Focus New Zealand" in order to reach out to urban supporters.[7][8]

The Party stood candidates in the 2013 local body elections in the Far North District Council and Whangarei District Council

The party was registered on 29 January 2014.[9] The logo of the party was changed at the same time.

The party contested the 2014 general election. It received 639 votes, making it the least successful of the fifteen registered parties in that election.[10]

On 22 February 2016 the party's registration was cancelled at its own request.[11]

Electoral resultsEdit

Election # of candidates nominated (electorate/list) # of seats won # of party votes % of popular vote
2014
2/8
0 / 121
639
0.03%

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New party for 'all rural people'". Stuff. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  2. ^ Katie Cullen Montgomerie (11 August 2012). "New political party to focus on rural needs". Northern Advocate. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  3. ^ "New rural party in the wind". Straight Furrow. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Application to register political party logo". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 22 August 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Registration of NZ Rural party logo". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  6. ^ "New NZ Rural political party formed". Northern Advocate. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Party representing producers and exporters formed". Radio New Zealand. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Party changes focus". Stuff. 29 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Registration of Focus New Zealand Party and Logo". Electoral Commission. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Official Count Results -- Overall Status". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Amendments to the Register of Political Parties — Cancellation of Focus New Zealand". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 22 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.

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