Minor party shortage

No Right Turn recently blogged about TOP’s dissolution.

However, it’s the last line of his post which I find the most interesting:

But while its clear that TOP has died a natural death, it means we’ll be down to only 12 registered political parties (and only 5 in Parliament). Which isn’t a lot of options for voters to choose from. One way of measuring the health of a democracy is by the number of registered political parties. And on that metric, ours seems to be in slow decline.

Not including the five parties in parliament, the seven remaining ones are:

  • Maori
  • Legalise Cannabis
  • Conservatives
  • People’s Party
  • Democrats for Social Credit
  • Outdoors
  • Mana

Of those seven, the only party which holds a reasonable chance of actually getting into parliament come 2020 is the Maori party. What’s more, all three of our current minor parties are in danger of failing to be re-elected in 2020: NZ First and the Greens are hovering around the 5% mark, and National have refused to guarantee ACT that they will endorse them in Epsom.

This does leave me concerned that we will just have two parties in parliament in 2020, and if that happens, given there will be no coalitions with minor parties, the ruling party will have no power checks. That ain’t good. And even if they’re not in power, as NRT said, having minor parties is good for democracy.


  1. Mike Mckee

    I disagree with the Maori Party.
    It is by nature a Racists Organisation and one we could do without.

    But then I think the same about Maori seats/Roll, Maori Land Tax and Companies, quotas at Uni’s, unelected consultation boards bodies, etc etc.
    One law for all.
    Everyone who carries a NZ passport is a citizen and should be treated equally…….
    Not matter where they or their parents come from originally or how they got here…

  2. renanda tribowo

    why have a small party?


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