Party to be home for ‘politically homeless’

Democracy NZ leader Matt King addresses a small crowd in Alexandra on Friday about his party’s...
Democracy NZ leader Matt King addresses a small crowd in Alexandra on Friday about his party’s policies, as part of his road trip around the country ahead of the October general election. PHOTO: JULIE ASHER
Offering a place for the "politically homeless" was the way Democracy NZ would win votes in October’s election, leader Matt King told a campaign meeting in Alexandra on Friday.

The meeting began with Mr King inviting the 20 people present to stand and sing the national anthem in te reo and English.

Opposition to the vaccine mandates and the belief they breached the Bill of Rights were turning points leading him away from the National Party to form his own, he said.

A former backbench member of Parliament for National from 2017 to 2020, his Northland seat went to Labour in the last election but he increased his personal vote from the previous election, he said.

The party had three pillars — freedom, farming and family.

New Zealand farmers were the most efficient in the world and should not be forced to reduce stock to reduce emissions, he said.

Reducing New Zealand’s production would lead to greater production in countries which were bigger emitters and less efficient.

He disputed the safety of the Covid vaccines.

"The news today is just what propaganda merchants want you to hear."

Binding referendums should be held to make any major changes, such as changing the name of the country, with equal funding for both pro and con, he said.

It required fewer votes to win one seat than 5% of the overall vote to secure a seat in Parliament, he said.

He said he had a good shot at winning his Northland seat as people were disillusioned with both Labour and National parties and were politically homeless.

It was important people voted strategically, he said.

Those outside his electorate should vote for their local National Party candidate and mark their party vote for Democracy NZ, Mr King said.

Former Act MP Gerry Eckhoff was in the audience and said while he supported what Mr King was saying he would be voting for Act and was concerned about the proliferation of small parties.

If those small parties did not gain seats it would give the Labour, Maori and Green parties an enormous advantage, he said.

Democracy NZ Waitaki candidate Roger Small was at the meeting and spoke to the audience about his background with Groundswell and farming.