Billy Te Kahika quits politics

Billy Te Kahika. Photo: NZ Herald
Billy Te Kahika. Photo: NZ Herald
Billy Te Kahika has quit politics and shut down his controversial party after his failed bid for power at last year's election.

The leader of New Zealand Freedom Party (formerly known as the New Zealand Public Party) revealed the move this afternoon, saying he was going to "focus on being an activist".

"This is not the end of my fight for freedoms and being a voice for concerned Kiwis - I am leaving the political world to be what I have now become and that is a voice for all concerned New Zealanders and a commentator about the important issues as an independent activist journalist!," he said in a statement.

Te Kahika began making political broadcasts on social media during the Covid-19 lockdown in March last year.

He went on to form the New Zealand Public Party, which then merged with the Advance New Zealand Party, set by up ousted National MP Jami-Lee Ross.

The party attracted a mere 28,000 votes - just 1 per cent of the vote.


I was surprised that he and jamie-kee Ross attracted 1% of the vote! I expect most of the 28,000 were disaffected national party voters who were protesting their appalling demise since they were abandoned by John key and Steven joyce


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