Focus NZ

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Focus New Zealand
President Les King
Founded 2012
Dissolved 2016
Headquarters Northland, New Zealand
Ideology Populism
Agrarianism
Economic nationalism
International affiliation None
Website
http://www.focusnz.org.nz/

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]

A political party is an organized group of people, often with common views, who come together to contest elections and hold power in the government. The party agrees on some proposed policies and programmes, with a view to promoting the collective good or furthering their supporters' interests.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

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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]

Electoral Commission (New Zealand) crown entity administering elections in New Zealand

The Electoral Commission is an independent Crown entity set up by the New Zealand Parliament. It is responsible for the administration of parliamentary elections and referenda, promoting compliance with electoral laws, servicing the work of the Representation Commission, and the provision of advice, reports and public education on electoral matters. The Commission also assists electoral agencies of other countries on a reciprocal basis with their electoral events.

Original logo of the NZ Rural Party NZ Rural Party Logo.jpg
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 results

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

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References

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  2. Katie Cullen Montgomerie (2012-08-11). "New political party to focus on rural needs". Northern Advocate. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  3. "New rural party in the wind". Straight Furrow. 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  4. "Application to register political party logo". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  5. "Registration of NZ Rural party logo". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-09-25.
  6. "New NZ Rural political party formed". Northern Advocate. 2012-11-15. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
  7. "Party representing producers and exporters formed". Radio New Zealand. 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  8. "Party changes focus". Stuff. 2012-11-29.
  9. "Registration of Focus New Zealand Party and Logo". Electoral Commission. 2014-01-29. Retrieved 2014-01-29.
  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.