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Stephen Berry
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Berry speaking in 2017
Born (1983-02-14) 14 February 1983 (age 38)
Auckland, New Zealand
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
🏛️ Political partyACT New Zealand, formerly Libertarianz
🌐 WebsiteMrBerryMrBerry.net
MrBerryMrBerry on YouTube

Stephen Berry (born 14 February 1983) is a perennial candidate in New Zealand national and local politics, running on libertarian or right-wing positions. Many consider him controversial.[1]

Biography[edit]

Berry calls himself a "Manurewa native". Berry attended St. Annes Primary School. Berry then attended Manurewa Intermediate and spent year 9 and 10 at James Cook High School, where he played cricket for Weymouth.[2]

Berry ran as an independent candidate in the 2002 Mount Roskill general election[3] and the 2011 Tāmaki general election.[4]

Berry served as spokesman of Libertarianz,[5] running for Libertarianz in the 2004 Auckland City mayoral election.[6]

Berry ran in the 2013 Auckland mayoral election for right-wing group Affordable Auckland,[7] coming third with 13,650 votes.[8][9][10]

Berry was leader of Affordable Auckland, and criticised money spent on a private bathroom and dressing room hidden behind a bookcase being built behind Auckland Mayor Len Brown's new office. Berry called it "highly inappropriate and a really bad look".[11] Berry demanded Len Brown's donors be made public, following a $273,375.22 donation from the New Auckland Council Trust.[12] Berry criticised Auckland Transport for $41,500 spent on a party for 1700 staff and family at the Cloud, including entertainment from X Factor NZ winner Jackie Thomas. Berry said Auckland Transport wasn't hearing the clear message at the local body elections on responsible spending of ratepayers' money "when they throw enormous parties like this".[13][14] Affordable Auckland organised a "Stand Down Len Brown" march up Queen St,[15][16] following Len Brown's sex scandal and a report that found he failed to declare more than $39,000 in free hotel rooms and upgrades. Berry and spokesman Will Ryan said the march was not so much about Mr Brown's private life as his undeclared activities and poor financial management.[17] Speakers included Vinny Eastwood, Will Ryan, and Penny Bright.[16] The protest attracted 300 people.[18]

In 2014, Berry ran for ACT in Upper Harbour[19] and was 6th on the party list.[20] Berry said "In 21st century New Zealand politics, homosexuality is so acceptable as to hardly be an issue at all."[21]

Berry ran in the 2016 Auckland mayoral election. At the first Auckland mayoral debate, Berry said groups such as Auckland 2040 were "neighbourhood busybodies... artificially inflating the cost of property".[22] Berry pulled out and endorsed centre-right candidate John Palino.[23]

In 2017, Berry stood for ACT in East Coast Bays and was 5th on the party list.[24] Berry said he would abolish the Rural Urban Boundary and open up space for 600,000 homes to impact the price of housing, and scrap the Resource Management Act.[25] Berry served as ACT's 2017 spokesperson for Health and LGBT issues.[26]

In 2017, Berry defended hate speech against transgender people as a right.[27] Berry was booed and laughed at by the audience at an election forum in Wellington, hosted by Rainbow Wellington. Berry also said a colleague had told him it was easier to come out as gay in the ACT Party than it was to come out as an ACT supporter amongst gay friends.[28]

Berry speaking at the Free Speech Coalition protest, Auckland 2018

Berry spoke at the Free Speech Coalition protest in July 2018,[29] following far-right Canadian activists Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern being denied an Auckland Council venue and unable to secure a venue for their New Zealand tour.[30] Berry said "Look the thing about free speech is that we’ve all got that in common. We’ve got different reasons for it being in common."[31]

In 2018, Berry ran for ACT in the Northcote by-election,[32] achieving fourth place.[33] Berry's dream for Northcote was a new six-lane motorway over the harbour at Pt Chevalier,[34] revived from a 1972 Ministry of Works plan, to fix the Onewa Rd congestion. This would be funded by using $58 billion raised by putting up the age to receive superannuation to 67. This was described by others as "crazy" and causing "quite a bit of discussion".[35] Tackling traffic congestion in Northcote was a priority for Berry.[36][37][38][39]

In 2020, Berry contested Pakuranga for ACT and was ninth on the party list,[40][41] but resigned from running, citing "physical exhaustion".[42] Berry was the only openly gay representative of ACT at the time.[43][44][45][46] Berry was ninth on the list and ACT got 10 seats, which means if Berry had stayed in the race and ACT got the same result, then he would have been elected as Member of Parliament.[47]

Berry is finished with politics and now hosts the Mr Berry Mr Berry show on YouTube,[48] where he shares political commentary and clips from his stand-up comedy routines.[49]

In 2021, Berry was permanently suspended from Twitter.[50] This was part of the culling of more than 70,000 "QAnon-related accounts", including President Donald Trump, following the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol.[51]

Personal life[edit]

Berry identifies as gay. Berry lives in Forrest Hill on Auckland's North Shore with his husband. Berry is a manager for a supermarket chain.[52]

Berry identifies as an atheist.[2] Berry identifies as an INTP.[53]

Electoral history[edit]

2002 Mount Roskill general election[edit]

2002 general election: Mount Roskill
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
Labour Green tickY Phil Goff 18,702 64.40 +6.13 14,866 49.73 +3.98
National Brent Trewheela 4,987 17.17 5,126 17.15 -10.50
ACT Kenneth Wang 1,494 5.14 2,351 7.86 +1.17
NZ First Dawn Mullins 1,301 4.48 2,329 7.79 +4.49
United Future Bernie Ogilvy 1,253 4.31 2,162 7.23
Christian Heritage Ewen McQueen 582 2.00 425 1.42 -2.19
Alliance Brendon Lane 337 1.16 357 1.19 -5.11
Progressive Trevor Lance Barnard 229 0.79 446 1.49
Independent Stephen Berry 157 0.54
Green   1,577 5.28 +1.53
ORNZ   121 0.40
Legalise Cannabis   109 0.36 -0.12
One NZ   12 0.04 +0.01
Mana Māori   10 0.03 -0.04
NMP   4 0.01 -0.01
Informal votes 354 124
Total Valid votes 29,042 29,895
Labour hold Majority 13,715 47.23 +16.61

2004 Auckland City mayoral election[edit]

2004 Auckland mayoral election[54]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Dick Hubbard 62,751 50.78
Independent John Banks 44,964 36.38 -7.22
Independent Christine Fletcher 12,501 10.11 -19.26
Christians Against Abortion Phil O'Connor 990 0.80 -0.36
Libertarianz Stephen Berry 952 0.77
Anti-Capitalist Alliance Daphna Whitmore 706 0.57
Communist League Felicity Coggan 441 0.35 -0.21
Informal votes 262 0.21 +0.03
Majority 17,787 14.39
Turnout 123,567

2011 Tāmaki general election[edit]

2011 general election: Tamaki[55]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
National Simon O'Connor 24,837 67.67 +1.93 24,338 64.42 +4.19
Labour Nick Iusitini Bakulich 7,051 19.21 -1.53 6,642 17.58 -3.58
Green Richard Leckinger 2,861 7.80 +1.94 3,314 8.77 +3.48
ACT John Boscawen 887 2.39 -2.06 893 2.36 -5.56
Conservative Litia Simpson 567 1.54 +1.54 575 1.52 +1.52
Independent Wayne Young 358 0.98 +0.98
Independent Stephen Berry 152 0.41 +0.41
NZ First   1,421 3.76 +1.29
Māori   193 0.51 -0.01
United Future   156 0.41 -0.35
Legalise Cannabis   107 0.28 +0.11
Mana   102 0.27 +0.27
Libertarianz   30 0.08 +0.03
Alliance   6 0.02 -0.002
Democrats   5 0.01 +0.01
Informal votes 755 255
Total Valid votes 36,703 37,782
Turnout 38,037 77.50
National hold Majority 17,786 48.46 +3.45

2013 Auckland mayoral election[edit]

2013 Auckland mayoral election[56][57]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Len Brown 164,338 47.78 -1.46
Independent John Palino 108,928 31.67
Affordable Auckland Stephen Berry 13,650 3.97
Independent Penny Bright 11,723 3.41 +2.85
Mana John Minto 11,591 3.37
Independent Uesifili Unasa 8,040 2.34
Working for the Homeless Wayne Young 3,943 1.15 +1.03
Independent Reuben Shadbolt 3,152 0.92
None Paul Duffy 3,083 0.90
Christians Against Abortion Phil O'Connor 3,032 0.88 +0.61
Independent Emmett Hussey 2,974 0.86
Independent Susanna Susara Kruger 2,173 0.63
None Matthew Goode 2,116 0.62
Roads First David Willmott 1,647 0.48 +0.37
None Jesse Butler 1,465 0.43
None Tricia Cheel 1,214 0.35
Communist League Annalucia Vermunt 856 0.25 +0.16
Majority 55,410 16.11 +2.44
Total valid votes 343,925 99.54
Informal votes 1,584 0.46
Turnout 345,509 34.72 -15.45
Registered electors 995,206

2013 Auckland local elections (Waitemata and Gulf ward)[edit]

Affiliation (if any) Name Votes
Independent Mike Lee 8886
Independent Greg Moyle 4061
Independent Rob Thomas 3155
Affordable Auckland Stephen Berry 1435
Independent Charlotte Fisher 1055
Independent Aleksandar Zivaljevic 398
Informal/blank 1578

2014 Upper Harbour general election[edit]

2014 general election: Upper Harbour[58]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
National Paula Bennett 18,315 55.95 20,853 54.25
Labour Hermann Retzlaff 8,623 26.34 4,965 23.36
Green Nicholas Mayne 2,619 8.00 2,329 6.97
Conservative Callum Blair 1,839 5.61 1,613 4.82
ACT Stephen Berry 549 1.67 450 1.34
Māori Hinurewa Te Hau 246 0.75 119 0.35
Mana Party Makelesi Ngata 204 0.62
NZ First   2,311 6.91
Internet Mana   432 0.85
Legalise Cannabis   129 0.38
United Future   69 0.20
Civilian   14 0.04
Ban 1080   13 0.03
Independent Coalition   7 0.02
Focus   4 0.01
Democrats   4 0.01
Informal votes 338 130
Total Valid votes 32,733 33,403
Turnout 33,420 73.42[59]
National win new seat Majority 9,692 29.61

2017 East Coast Bays general election[edit]

2017 general election: East Coast Bays[60]
Notes:

Blue background denotes the winner of the electorate vote.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list.
Yellow background denotes an electorate win by a list member, or other incumbent.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±% Party votes % ±%
National Erica Stanford 22,731 65.53 +3.61 22,006 62.78 −0.60
Labour Naisi Chen 6,441 18.57 +3.30 8,130 23.20 +11.05
Green Nicholas Mayne 2,306 6.65 −3.30 1,660 4.74 −3.49
Opportunities Teresa Moore 1,289 3.72 673 1.92
NZ First Ilja Ruppeldt 1,254 3.62 1,886 5.38 −0.58
ACT Stephen Berry 389 1.12 347 1.00 −4.96
Conservative   95 0.27 −6.43
Legalise Cannabis   58 0.17 −0.12
Māori   55 0.16 +0.12
United Future   34 0.10 −0.11
People's Party   18 0.05
Outdoors   14 0.04
Democrats   6 0.02 −0.03
Mana   5 0.01
Ban 1080   5 0.01 −0.13
Internet   4 0.01
Informal votes 277 154
Total Valid votes 34,687 35,050
National hold Majority 16,290 46.96 +0.30

2018 Northcote by-election[edit]

The following table shows final by-election results:[61][62]

2018 Northcote by-election

Notes: Blue background denotes the winner of the by-election.
Pink background denotes a candidate elected from their party list prior to the by-election.
Yellow background denotes the winner of the by-election, who was a list MP prior to the by-election.
A Green tickY or Red XN denotes status of any incumbent, win or lose respectively.

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Dan Bidois 10,566 50.67
Labour Shanan Halbert 9,256 44.39 +9.14
Green Rebekah Jaung 615 2.94 -3.79
ACT Stephen Berry 166 0.79
Independent Kym Koloni 97 0.46 -3.27
Legalise Cannabis Jeff Lye 89 0.42
Democrats Tricia Cheel 31 0.14 -0.11
Not A Party Liam Walsh 5 0.02
Informal votes 25 0.11
Majority 1,310 6.28
Turnout 20,850 43.59 -33.98

References[edit]

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  55. Official Count Results -- Tāmaki, 2011
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  58. "Official Count Results – Upper Harbour". Electoral Commission. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  59. "2014 General Election Voter Turnout Statistics – Upper Harbour". Electoral Commission. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  60. "Official Count Results -- East Coast Bays (2017)". Electoral Commission. 7 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  61. "Northcote - Official Result". electionresults.govt.nz. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  62. "Northcote by-election official results". Electoral Commission. 20 June 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.

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