Internet Party (New Zealand)

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Internet Party
Party PresidentSuzie Dawson [1]
Party Leadervacant
Party SecretaryJo Booth
Founder Kim Dotcom
Founded13 May 2014
Ideology Collaborative e-democracy
Internet freedom
Copyright reform
Political position Centre-left
MPs in the House of Representatives
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The Internet Party is a political party in New Zealand that promotes Internet freedom and privacy. Founded in January 2014 with the support of Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, the party contested the 2014 New Zealand election as part of an electoral alliance with the Mana Movement but failed to win any seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives. [2] The Internet Party contested the 2017 general election under the leadership of journalist Suzie Dawson but failed to win any seats. [3]

A political party is an organized group of people who have the same ideology, or who otherwise have the same political positions, and who field candidates for elections, in an attempt to get them elected and thereby implement the party's agenda.

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.

Internet Global system of connected computer networks

The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of private, public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope, linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies. The Internet carries a vast range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents and applications of the World Wide Web (WWW), electronic mail, telephony, and file sharing.


The party was deregistered by the New Zealand Electoral Commission on 12 June 2018, because its membership had dropped below the 500 required for registration. [4]


The party uses a consultative process to form policies with its membership using online platforms with policy writers following the forum in the background. They are available as a policy summary, or in full on Google docs. [5]

The party set an agenda early in its launch in 2014 which included the following broad aims: [6] [7]

Submarine communications cable Long range communications device placed underwater, often intercontinental

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Trans-Pacific Partnership a trade agreement between several Pacific Rim countries

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Dotcom had founded the file-sharing website Megaupload in 2005. It was shut down in January 2012 by the US government and Dotcom was arrested by the New Zealand Police. In September 2013, Dotcom revealed an interest in setting up a political party. [8] On 15 January 2014, Dotcom announced the name of the party and its logo. [9] [10] He intended to hold a launch party on 20 January, two years after the raid on his house and the day before his 40th birthday. He distributed 25,000 tickets but was forced to cancel for fear of breaching electoral law. [6] [11]

Megaupload Ltd was a Hong Kong-based online company established in 2005 that operated from 2005 to 2012 providing online services related to file storage and viewing.

The Internet Party became a registered political party on 13 May 2014 [12] having started to sign up members on 27 March 2014, [13] the first to do so in New Zealand through the use of a phone app. [14] Dotcom provided funding (NZ$3.5 million) to the party which was the largest personal contribution to a political party on record in New Zealand. [15]

2014 election

With the lead up to the 2014 election the party ran an idol-styled candidate search and appointed a leader, the former Alliance MP and Minister, Laila Harre. This appointment cemented an electoral alliance with the Mana Movement, a joint Internet Party and Mana Movement then contested the 2014 general election with the Internet Party supplying 15 candidates. Dotcom, who could not stand as a candidate himself still lent his celebrity pulling power and attended events across New Zealand throughout the campaign.

The Mana Movement who held a seat with its leader Hone Harawira were confident that they would win this seat again and return additional MPs to the House of Representatives of New Zealand. However, on election night the seat was lost and both parties failed to have any representation under the New Zealand proportional system winning only 1.42 per cent of the vote, far less than the five per cent threshold required. [2] Dotcom said to reporters on election night that "I take full responsibility for this loss tonight, because the brand—the brand Kim Dotcom—was poison for what we were trying to achieve." [16] Both parties have since gone their separate ways.

After the election

After the election, the party leader, Laila Harre, resigned [17] and the party told its members that it is concentrating on efforts to build its internal structures to support its grass roots movement. [18] In December 2016, Kim Dotcom posted a poll on Twitter asking if his followers wanted the Internet Party to stand in the 2017 election. [19]

2017 general election

The party remained leaderless until 8 February 2017, when the Internet Party appointed Suzie Dawson as the party's new leader for the 2017 election. [20] The Internet Party ran 8 party list candidates. [21] During the 2017 general election, the Internet Party won only 499 votes (0.0%) and failed to win any seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives. [3]

The party was deregistered on 12 June 2018 because its membership had dropped below the 500 required for registration. [4]

Electoral results

ElectionCandidates nominatedSeats wonVotesVote share %Government
2014 15 [22] 32 [22]
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34,0951.42%Not In Parliament
2017 08 [21]
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4990.0%Not In Parliament

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