NZ Independent Coalition

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NZ Independent Coalition
Leader Brendan Horan
Chairperson Michael O'Neil
FoundedJanuary 2014
Dissolved20 May 2016 (2016-05-20)
Website [ dead link ]

The NZ Independent Coalition is a former political party in New Zealand. The party was founded in January 2014 by Brendan Horan. [1] Horan was expelled from New Zealand First in December 2012 following accusations of taking money from his dying mother's bank account and spending it on gambling. [2] Horan acted an independent Member of Parliament after expulsion, and proposed starting a party in January 2013. [3] In February 2014, the party registered a logo with the Electoral Commission. [4] On 18 June 2014, it applied for registration. [5] The party was registered on 24 July. [6]


The party launched its campaign on 29 July 2014 with a slogan of "safe children, safe whanau, safe society", and promising higher pensions and the removal of tertiary education fees. [7] On 19 August, it announced its party list. [8] The party emphasised electorate representation, and MPs were required to poll their electorates on major issues and vote accordingly. [1] [9]

In the New Zealand General Election, held in September 2014, the party did not win any electorate seats, or enough percentage of the party vote to stay in Parliament. [10] It attracted 872 voters, or 0.04% of total New Zealand voter share. The party was deregistered by the Electoral Commission on 20 May 2016. [11]

Electoral results

ElectionCandidates nominatedSeats wonVotesVote share %PositionNZ Independent Coalition
in government?
2014 410
0 / 121
8720.04%14th / 15Unelected

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