|General Secretary||Olivia Mackenzie|
|Co-leaders||Edward Shanly and Stephanie Harawira|
|Ideology|| Christian fundamentalism |
|Colours||Yellow and Black|
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The One Party (stylised as ONE Party) is a Christian fundamentalist political party in New Zealand, led by Edward Shanly and by Stephanie Harawira, an activist opposing synthetic drugs. The party states that New Zealand is a "Christian nation", and should be run as such.It opposes abortion and euthanasia. Harawira incorporated One Party Limited as a New Zealand limited company in September 2019.
The ONE Party believes that God should be above politicians, and envisages its MPs entering Parliament if elected but answerable to an Apostolic Council of religious leaders from various faiths and cultural backgrounds.The party generally leans towards the pentecostal and evangelical wing of Christianity, though Hawawira says: "We didn't come together as Baptists, as Anglicans or Methodists. We came together just as people, who love the Lord." Prophecy is important to the party; candidates have spoken of being given a sign or message that it is their destiny to become politicians, and Harawira states that God has spoken directly to her.
The One Party became registered on 9 July 2020.It received a broadcasting allocation of $41,457 for the 2020 election.
The party was to hold its launch at Marsden Cross in Rangihoua Bay (site of the first Christian service in New Zealand, in 1814) on 27 June 2020.It said that it would run 20 candidates in both general and Māori electorates.
The party reached an arrangement with Vision NZ, another Christian-based party. One Party did not stand a candidate in the Waiariki electorate, where Vision's leader Hannah Tamaki ran. In return, Vision NZ promised to not stand a candidate in Te Tai Tokerau. The One Party was approached about joining an alliance of parties that included the New Zealand Public Party, led by Billy Te Kahika, who is also a Christian. However, Harawira has said that their respective parties' kaupapa do not align.The One Party encouraged supporters in electorates where it was not running a candidate to abstain from the electorate vote.
At the election, held on 17 October, the One Party won no electorate seats and received 8,121 party votes (0.3%), which was not enough to enter Parliament under New Zealand's Mixed Member Proportional electoral system.
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One Party is adamant that New Zealand is a Christian nation, and should be run as such.
The party's structure reflects the belief that God should be above politicians. The political wing would provide MPs to parliament if they get elected. But on policy and legislative questions, they would be held to account by an Apostolic Council of religious leaders from various faiths and cultural backgrounds.
In a cultural sense, the party leans towards the more pentecostal and evangelical end of the spectrum. There’s also a strong flavour of charismatic Christianity, with an emphasis on powerful oratory and a belief in the miraculous.
'We didn't come together as Baptists, as Anglicans or Methodists. We came together just as people, who love the Lord.'
The concept of prophecy is deeply important to the politics of those running for the One Party. Candidates don’t speak of deciding to become politicians – they say they are given some sort of sign or message that it is their destiny.
'And the lord said to me, get your name off it! There will be only one name, and it is the name this government dislikes. And you will go through this nation and lift up one name – Ihu Karaiti, Jesus Christ. [...]'