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Not A Party

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Not A Party (NAP) was an unregistered political party in New Zealand. The party advocates a peaceful transition to a society based on voluntary cooperation.[1][2] The party's website states that they have no policies.[3]

The party fielded a candidate, Richard Goode, in the Mount Roskill by-election, 2016. In a press release, Goode said he wanted to keep the seat vacant urged voters to "make Mt Roskill a politician-free zone".[2] Goode won 40 votes or 0.24% of the total votes cast.[4] The party also supported Adam John Holland in the 2016 Auckland mayoralty election.[5] Holland stated that if elected, "I won't do a single thing as mayor just as I haven't done a single thing for the past seven years of my retirement. Decisions shall be left up to the people, not an elected official in a farcical 'democratic' ceremony."[6] He won 1,772 votes.[7]

NAP's candidate in the Mount Albert by-election, 2017 sought to encourage a boycott of the by-election and upcoming general election,[8] and promised to "gut the electorate office and turn it into a soup kitchen" if elected.[9] The party fielded three candidates in the 2017 general election, in Mana, Rongotai, and Wellington Central.[10][11] It ran on a platform of encouraging low voter turnout, and was "deeply in mourning" when it reached 78.8%.[11] NAP later fielded a candidate in the 2018 Northcote by-election,[12] who like other NAP candidates promised to "do absolutely nothing in parliament".[13] He was the lowest-polling candidate with 5 votes.[14]

The party ran five candidates in the 2020 election, in Coromandel, Epsom,[15] Mana,[16] Rangitata and Ōhāriu.[17] Overall the party won 245 electorate votes, or 0.01% of the total.[18]


  1. "Mt Roskill byelection: Labour cautiously confident Michael Wood headed for Beehive". New Zealand Herald. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nicholas Jones (7 November 2016). "NZ First no-show will favour Labour in Mt Roskill, John Key says". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  3. "Policies". Not A Party. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  4. "Michael Wood wins Mt Roskill seat by landslide". NewsTalkZB. 3 December 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  5. Bernard Orsman (3 March 2016). "Adam Holland contesting Auckland mayoralty and Mt Roskill by-election". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  6. "Mayoral candidates: Meet the 18 trying to win the Auckland mayoralty". Auckland Now. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  7. Confirmedlocalelectionresults2016 (PDF), Auckland Council, archived from the original (PDF) on 19 October 2016 Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. "NAP DURING THE RACE AGAIN!". 27 January 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  9. "Why vote for me? Mt Albert candidates in their own words". New Zealand Herald. 19 February 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  10. Damian George (21 September 2017). "Election 2017: 'Minor party' and independent electoral candidate profiles". Stuff. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Tess Nichol (25 September 2017). "Anti-voting party 'deeply in mourning' over high voter turn out". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  12. Moger, Laine (16 May 2018). "Dope advocate, anarchist and anti-vaxxer among Northcote by-election candidates". Stuff. Retrieved 3 August 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Anna Whyte (6 June 2018). "Northcote by-election: Legalising euthanasia, putting abortion into the Health Act and why they're the best person to be NZ's newest MP". 1News. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  14. "Northcote by-election - the results". NewsHub. 10 June 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  15. Ripu Bhatia (29 September 2020). "Election 2020: Epsom candidates for local MP". Stuff. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  16. Rob Mitchell (26 September 2020). "Election battle at the fringes: Conspiracy theorists, a student and that guy who doesn't want your vote". Stuff. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  17. "Let's keep moving beyond democracy". Not A Party. Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  18. "Summary of Overall Results". New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 February 2021.

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