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The Money Free Party is a political movement that has parties in 16 countries: United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, United States, Sri Lanka, Portugal, South Africa, India, Italy, Ghana, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, Belgium and Romania. [1] The party advocates for a Resource-based economy (RBE), a world of free access where all work is voluntary. The party has also established RBE groups in other countries around the world. It is based upon the ideals of Jacque Fresco, as advocated by the US-based The Venus Project. [2]

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Political activities in New Zealand

Money Free Party NZ is led by Richard Osmaston, who founded the party. [3] Osmaston had stood for the mayor of Nelson in 2013 [4] before founding the party in 2014.

Mayor of Nelson, New Zealand Wikimedia list article

The Mayor of Nelson is the head of the municipal government of Nelson, New Zealand, and presides over the Nelson City Council. The mayor is directly elected using a First Past the Post electoral system. The current mayor is Rachel Reese, who was elected in October 2013.

The party was unable to get enough verified members (500) to register for the 2014 general election. [5] It stood five electorate candidates, [6] but none were successful. Party members stood for multiple mayoralties in the 2016 local elections, such as Richard Osmaston in Nelson, [7] Gordon Marshall in Porirua and Ted Howard in Kaikoura. [8] As of January 2017, the party's website states that they "expect to have a major presence" in the 2017 general election. [9] Osmaston stood for the Moutere / Waimea seat in Tasman District Council in the same year and gained sufficient votes to have his deposit returned. The party claim this qualification verifies the credibility of the Money Free concept.

The 2016 New Zealand local elections were triennial elections to select local government officials and District Health Board members. Under section 10 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, a "general election of members of every local authority or community board must be held on the second Saturday in October in every third year" from the date the Act came into effect in 2001, meaning 8 October 2016.

Nelson, New Zealand City in Nelson City, New Zealand

Nelson is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. Nelson is the oldest city in the South Island and the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand – it was established in 1841 and was proclaimed a city by royal charter in 1858.

Kaikoura Minor urban area in Canterbury, New Zealand

Kaikoura is a town on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located on State Highway 1, 180 km north of Christchurch.

In 2017 general elections MFPNZ stood four candidates. The concept of a Resource Based Economy continues to gain recognition as a plausible option as conventional, money based system continue to fail.

Osmaston has stated he will be contesting the Mayoralty in the South Island West Coast's Grey District.

Political activities in the United Kingdom

Money Free Party-UK (MFP-UK) is led by Jodian Rodgers. [10]

It was a registered party in Great Britain from September 2013 to November 2016 when it was statutorily deregistered. [11] Its registered leader in the UK in Nick Tapping. In March 2017 the UK Electoral Commission approved the application of Money Free Party. [12]

Electoral Commission (United Kingdom) an independent body set up by the UK Parliament

The Electoral Commission is a body established by the UK Parliament to regulate party and election finance and to set the standards for well run elections in the United Kingdom.

In March 2017, MFP-UK published a revised constitution on its Facebook page. [13]

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  2. Tracy Neal (7 March 2014). "Money-free activist eyes national party". Nelson Mail. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  3. Acwela. "Richard Osmaston". Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  4. Moore, Bill; Neal, Tracy (16 September 2013). "Local elections: Meet the candidates". Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  5. Tracy Neal (6 August 2014). "Money Free Party looks likely to fall short". Nelson Mail. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  6. "2014 Electorate Candidates". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 27 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  7. "Nelson City Council 2016 Triennial Elections Preliminary Result" . Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  8. "Kaikoura District Council 2016 Triennial Elections Declaration of Result" (PDF). Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  9. "About us". Money Free Party. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  10. "Registration summary - Money Free Party". The Electoral Commission. 27 March 2017.
  11. "Registration summary". The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  12. "Electoral Commission | Approved Applications" (PDF). Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  13. "Money Free Party - UK (Facebook page)". Retrieved 26 March 2017.