Larry Baldock

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Larry Baldock
1st Leader of the Kiwi Party
Assumed office
5 January 2008
Deputy Gordon Copeland
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for United Future list
In office
2002   2005
Personal details
NationalityFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Political party Conservative
Other political
Kiwi Party (2008–2011)
Future (2007–2008)
United Future (2002–2005)

Larry Baldock (born 1954) is a New Zealand politician. Before entering national politics, he was previously involved with the International Youth With A Mission organisation and spent 15 years living in the Philippines. After returning to NZ in 1996 he joined the Future NZ Party (former Christian Democrats) in 1999. He stood in the Electorate of Tauranga in 1999. In 2001 he was elected to the Tauranga District Council and then became a member of Parliament for the United Future New Zealand party as a list MP from 2002 to 2005.


Political career

New Zealand Parliament
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Baldock was elected to Parliament in the 2002 general election. Along with Murray Smith, Bernie Ogilvy, and Marc Alexander, Baldock failed to make it back to the 48th New Zealand Parliament in 2005, given United Future New Zealand's drop in electoral support to one-third the level at the previous general election. Like Smith, Ogilvy and Adams, Baldock is a Christian.

2002 New Zealand general election

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Citizens Initiated Referendum

When the anti-smacking legislation of Sue Bradford's began to raise debate all over the country about the Government interfering in the rights of parents to decide how they raised their children, Baldock began organising a petition to force a referendum on the question, "Should a smack, as part of good parental correction, be a criminal offence in New Zealand?" With his wife Barbara, Baldock travelled all over New Zealand for the next 18 months. With the help of many volunteers and support from organisations like 'Family First' they finally collected approx 400,000 signatures which forced the referendum. When it was held from 31 July to 21 August 2009 voter turnout was 56.1%. 87.4% of votes answered 'no'. Despite the overwhelming result in support of a law change, PM John Key refused to respond.

The Kiwi Party

On 16 May 2007, Baldock and his former colleague Gordon Copeland, then a United Future List MP, announced that they would be forming a new Future New Zealand party after expressing dissatisfaction with party leader Peter Dunne's support of the child-discipline bill. [1]

Gordon Copeland New Zealand politician

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After the announcement that Copeland and Baldock would co-lead the new party, they held an inaugural party meeting in Tauranga, Baldock's city of residence, and stated that forty-five former members of the pre-merger Future New Zealand had attended, although the party had between sixteen and twenty members at that time. [2] Former United Future List MP Bernie Ogilvy also joined Future New Zealand, as party secretary.

Tauranga City in North Island, New Zealand

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On 17 July 2007, the Future New Zealand website's Copeland Chronicle (June 2007) edition announced that the Party had achieved its five hundred member goal required for registration under the New Zealand Electoral Act 1993 as a viable political party. The newsletter also stated that Copeland and Baldock would now work on establishing a Board of Management and Board of Reference for the party. [3]

On 28 January 2008, Future New Zealand was renamed The Kiwi Party. Baldock became sole party leader, while Copeland concentrated primarily on parliamentary matters. [4] Baldock successfully collected 310,000 signatures against the Child Discipline Act, which forced a referendum on the issue. Baldock has proposed giving parents the right to strike their children with implements stating, "I'm not opposed to the wooden spoon or ruler because you can control things with that better than you can with an open hand." [5]

The Kiwi Party was a political party operating in New Zealand between 2007 and 2011. Briefly known as Future New Zealand, it was a breakaway from the United Future New Zealand party and sought to carry on the tradition of Future New Zealand. The party was formed when MP Gordon Copeland left United Future after a dispute over support for the Crimes Amendment Act 2007. At the 2008 general election, the Kiwi Party was unsuccessful, and was not re-elected to Parliament. It did not contest the 2011 general election under its own banner, but the leaders and other members stood for the Conservative Party.

In the 2008 general election, Baldock stood for the Tauranga electorate, but came a distant fourth, with approximately five percent of the vote. [6] The Kiwi Party also performed poorly, receiving 0.54% of the party vote nationwide. [7]

Undaunted by its poor performance, the Kiwi Party held a conference in Christchurch in March 2009, and announced its intention to contest the 2011 general election. As The Family Party and New Zealand Pacific Party had been dissolved, it would have been the only Christian based party in the contest.

Conservative Party involvement

It was announced on 14 October 2011 that Kiwi Party members would not be running candidates for the 2011 election, instead standing for the Conservative Party, of which Baldock was ranked at number 3 on the 2011 party list. [8] Baldock also stood for the Conservatives in the Tauranga electorate in 2011 gaining just over 4% of the popular vote [9]

In April 2013 the Electoral Commission announced it had referred Baldock to the police for filing a false expenses return and for exceeding the $25,000 cap on election expenses. [10] Baldock maintained the error was made by others and the Police did not lay charges.[ citation needed ]

Larry Baldock declined to stand as the Conservative Party's candidate in Tauranga in August 2014 partly because he disagreed with the party's policy of abolishing the Maori seats and removing references to the Treaty of Waitangi from legislation and also over concerns about Party leader Colin Craig's behaviour and his autocratic decision making. [11]

He was removed from the Conservative Party's board before the end of 2014, and had his party membership suspended while he faced disciplinary action. The suspension was not related to his earlier policy disagreement. [12] The subsequent strange and erratic behaviour of Colin Craig certainly seemed to vindicate Baldock's concerns and actions.

Return to Local Government involvement

In October 2010 Baldock was successful in being elected back onto the Tauranga City Council, and is currently the Chair of the City Transformation Committee at the Council. (2019.)

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  1. "United Future MP quits party over smacking bill". The New Zealand Herald. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  2. Dan Eaton (22 May 2007). "Future NZ". The Press. p. A6.
  3. Copeland's Chronicle, June 2007
  4. "Copeland steps down as co-leader of Future NZ". Scoop Media. 25 January 2008. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  5. Collins, Simon (20 August 2009). "'No' vote campaigners divided on way forward after likely win". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  6. "Election Results – Tauranga". Chief Electoral Office. November 2008. Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
  7. "Election Results – Rongotai". Chief Electoral Office. November 2008. Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008.
  8. Kiwi Party Members Join The Conservative Party
  10. "Referral to the Police 16 April 2013". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  11. Cousins, John (10 August 2014). "Conservatives' 'one law' not for Baldock". Bay of Plenty Times. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
  12. Davison, Isaac (4 March 2015). "Colin Craig dismissed rumours as 'storm in teacup'". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 March 2015.

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