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Thrive New Zealand, formerly called the Unified New Zealand Party, was a small political party in New Zealand. The party was founded in 2012 by David Ding, a marketing manager. [1]

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On 7 November 2012 the party applied to register a logo with the Electoral Commission. [2] The party subsequently changed its name to Thrive New Zealand and registered a substitute logo. [3] As Unified New Zealand, the party opposed asset sales and foreign ownership and supported economic self-sufficiency a return to the gold standard. [4] Following its name change, the party focused strongly on direct democracy and binding citizens-initiated referenda. [5]

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The party never stood any candidates for parliament. By January 2017, their website was defunct.

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  1. "David Ding". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  2. "Application to register political party logo". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2014-01-15.
  3. "Registration of Thrive New Zealand logo". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2014-01-15.
  4. Matthew Backhouse (2012-11-08). "New political party takes aim at foreign investment". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  5. ""Direct Democracy" to be the next "Nuclear Free"". Thrive New Zealand. 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2014-01-15.