New Zealand Outdoors Party

The New Zealand Outdoors Party is a registered political party in New Zealand. The party is led by co-leaders Alan Simmons and Sue Grey[1] and seeks to protect New Zealand's environment and "outdoors heritage."[2]

Principles and policiesEdit

The New Zealand Outdoors Party aims to protect the environment and New Zealand's "outdoors heritage",[2] and advocates for clean, full and unmodified rivers, greater protection from development for the conservation estate, large game animals to be managed by all hunters for recreation and conservation benefit, removal of ecologically destructive trawling practices within the inshore fishery and a Futures Commission to determine environmental limits to the growth of population, tourism, economy and infrastructure.[3]


The New Zealand Outdoors Party was launched in September 2015 by Co-Leaders Alan Simmons and David Haynes with the aim of protecting New Zealand's environment and outdoor heritage.[2] In its December 2016 newsletter, the party stated it was "pushing hard" to get to 500 members so that it could register.[4] In a letter to Rural News, Simmons claimed the party "has possibly more members than some parties already in Parliament", though did not give figures.[5]

On 22 July 2017 the party applied for registration with the Electoral Commission.[6] Registration was granted on 11 August 2017.[7] The party stood four electorate candidates in Nelson, Taupō, Maungakiekie and Hutt South. The same four candidates were also on the party list for the 2017 general election.[3] During the 2017 general election, the Outdoors Party gained 0.1% of the party vote and failed to win any seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives.[8]

Electoral resultsEdit

Election Candidates nominated Seats won Votes Vote share % Government
Electorate List
2017 4 4
0 / 120
1,620 0.1% Not In Parliament

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Meet the Co-Leaders and Team". NZ Outdoors Party. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "A new political party based on the Outdoors." Scoop. 21 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b "The Outdoors Party wants to get into Parliament". NewsHub. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  4. ^ "NZ Outdoors Party Newsletter December 2016". Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  5. ^ "NZ Outdoors Party Newsletter". Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Application to register political party and logo". Electoral Commission. 22 July 2017. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Registration of NZ Outdoors Party and Logo". Electoral Commission. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  8. ^ "2017 General Election - Official Result". New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 7 October 2017.

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