United Future deregistered

May 31st, 2013 at 5:08 pm by David Farrar

The has announced:

On 31 May 2013 the Electoral Commission board cancelled the registration of the New Zealand () party at the party’s request in accordance with section 70 of the Electoral Act 1993.

Section 70 says:

The Electoral Commission shall cancel the registration of a political party at the request of one of the persons specified in section 63(1) if satisfied that the request for cancellation is made by the applicant on behalf of the party.

I presume they asked to be deregistered as they no longer had 500 financial members.

I don’t think this affects ’s status in Parliament, or as a party leader, as they were a registered party when elected. It does mean that if he stands again, it will be as an Independent or for an unregistered party.

United Future have said:

UnitedFuture Party President Robin Gunston today announced that the party has asked the Electoral Commission to cancel its registration as a political party while it clears up inconsistencies in its confirmed membership numbers.

“While we have well over the 500 members required under Section 71 A of the Electoral Act for a political party to be registered, there are inconsistencies in the party’s records around current addresses and the financial status of some of those members,” Mr Gunston said.

“Quite simply, this meant that we could not, hand-on-heart, sign the required statutory declaration to swear to our membership.

“For that reason, we have asked the Electoral Commission to cancel the party’s registration while we confirm the numbers.

Personally I think the threshold should be at least 1,000 members.

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67 Responses to “United Future deregistered”

  1. Urban Redneck (234 comments) says:

    UF stands for nothing and Dunne is only useful to the Nats and Labour because of his political pliability.

    It looks like Pete George will have more time to devote to the Flying Fish band, so it’s not all bad.

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  2. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Cannot even muster 500 members and can hold the balance of power? No wonder Key sucks his toes.

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  3. Richard Hurst (834 comments) says:

    Well this is what happens when you let your hair run your political career….

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  4. Boglio (78 comments) says:

    Yes but he won a seat which is more than the Gweens or NZ First could !!

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  5. Monique Angel (272 comments) says:

    Guess I’m looking for a new political party yet. It may have to be the Republicans since I seem to be resident in California.
    However:
    This is absolutely disgusting,
    How do I know? No one asked for the opinion of a paid up financial member about the move to de-register the party.
    I donated for three years to United Future, with a lump sum donation recently. Not a huge amount but enough to indicate my dedication to the cause. Was I asked for my opinion on the move to de-register? Absolutely not.

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  6. wiseowl (861 comments) says:

    Best news I’ve heard in ages.

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  7. alex (302 comments) says:

    Where is Pete George? Surely he is qualified to weigh in on this.

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  8. s.russell (1,598 comments) says:

    Monique,
    It appears from the above that this is a temporary move while some technical matters around the membership list are sorted. Normality may be restored soon. Do not panic.
    Of course, it may be a little hard to come up with a compelling case why the party should exist at all nowadays, but that’s another issue….

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  9. dime (9,789 comments) says:

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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  10. Pete George (23,434 comments) says:

    Alex – I have just got home. But earlier, as soon as I heard, I posted comments on General debate”:

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/05/general_debate_31_may_2013.html/comment-page-1#comment-1150551

    And I posted here: http://yournz.org/2013/05/31/united-no-future/

    I’ll probably have more to say about it over the weekend.

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  11. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    He is Dunne and dusted. No not really bit I like it that the next news fluff was KDC gets his stuff back. Hilarious.

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  12. MT_Tinman (3,094 comments) says:

    What dime said. :-)

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  13. Monique Angel (272 comments) says:

    Pete: It’s just nuts. On one hand the release states that they have 500 members:
    SO WHY THE FUCK ARE WE DE-REGISTERING THEN?

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  14. Colville (2,254 comments) says:

    This sounds like a real story about nothing. They asked to be struck off so they could clean up member registration.
    Big fu8king deal.

    Dunne may not be every ones cup of tea and he does drop his knickers form whoever is in power but by all accounts he actually works in his electorate and would I am sure be voted in by the locals whichever party he joined.

    there are a number to totally useless cu*nts on the red side of the that could learn a lesson from Dunne, do some work in your electorate rather than just sucking co*k (or gender neutral equivelant) in the halls of parliment. Little, Ardern etc

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  15. Pete George (23,434 comments) says:

    My guess is a bit of creative describing of the situation. Keeping membership up of anything these days is a major struggle.

    The publicity could generate a bit of a bounce, but I’m more concerned about the lack of active members and party building. I’ve been one of the biggest supporters and I hear very little about what’s going on, I basically work on my own – which doesn’t bother me because what I’m doing is wider than the party anyway.

    But I see a real need for a centre based party and a real opportunity with UF – except that it needs significant new active input or it’s not going to happen.

    I don’t blame Dunne, he’s got a huge workload with his portfolios, running the parliamentary side of the party and also being very active in Ohariu. But he hasn’t had enough to back him up on the outside of that.

    The simple fact is if nor enough people are interested in a sensible moderate party we won’t have one. National sole charge or Labour+Greens could be our new era in politics.

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  16. David Garrett (6,978 comments) says:

    “What I am doing is wider than the party anyway” !!!!!

    When did you leave the right hand of the Father to return to carry on your work Peter?

    And bollocks to “keeping membership up of anything these days is a major struggle”

    I have some knowledge of the financial membership of the Sensible Sentencing Trust, and you could add a number of OO’s to 500 and still be underestimating. It’s not hard to maintain membership of an organization that is relevant, active, and achieving things. Which of those descriptors fits United Future would you say?

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  17. Monique Angel (272 comments) says:

    I respect PD. However, if Peter Dunne was able to lead effectively then the membership wouldn’t be an issue.
    What you’re saying Pete, is that the public at large is to blame for not swinging in behind UF.
    What I’m saying is that UnitedFuture is guilty of abandoning supporters at the first hurdle. in this case, it isn’t a political party, it’s a vehicle for getting the first lot of list member circa 1996, employed.

    I don’t have a bad word for describing Peter Dunne. But I do have another word for the likes of the Christian contingent pushing the agenda behind Peter. And coincidentally this word also starts with the letter “c”.
    I remember the issue about on membership database in 2009. Pete. Why the fuck de-register now?

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  18. orewa1 (407 comments) says:

    Shows what a sham the whole political party structure has become.

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  19. Monique Angel (272 comments) says:

    Question, Pete: has the history of Sinn Fein ever included the move to de-register as a political party?

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  20. Colville (2,254 comments) says:

    I wonder when Colin Craig will sit down to a cup of tea with Dunne?

    United Conservitive?

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  21. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    Devastating, heart-breaking, earth-shattering news for UF’s first acolyte, P.G. How sad.
    Despite all setbacks the whore of Ohariu-Belmont is firmly stuck to the public tit.

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  22. Pete George (23,434 comments) says:

    DG – you don’t have any idea what my involvement with UF was and what else I do. I’ve used UF and Dunne, they’ve got a bit out of me, always from a distance. Either you are ignorant of reality, or you think you can try and play some sort of political game.

    You’d earned a bit of respect from me for a while but that’s gone and then some. I guess Act isn’t interested in attracting members (I’m not the only one who will have noticed how you act when things don’t go your way). A pity, John B could do with more help, he’s putting a lot into the party himself and is a decent bloke.

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  23. Redbaiter (8,327 comments) says:

    “The simple fact is if nor enough people are interested in a sensible moderate party we won’t have one. ”

    FFS, spare me the conceit.

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  24. Pete George (23,434 comments) says:

    Manolo no. As I’ve said elsewhere, a bit of a shock (how it came out) but no real surprise. And it won’t affect me much. I’ll carry on with my own agenda, which is progressing well at the moment.

    How are you going? You seem to be stuck in the same negative rut you’ve always been in since I’ve seen you here. Do you actually have any ambition, or is this just a pastime for you?

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  25. Pete George (23,434 comments) says:

    Redbaiter – what’s conceited about that? It’s just a simple fact of our politics. Floating voters are more easily attracted to the Winstons of the political world. To a large extent that’s media driven. They go for crap and promote it.
    But I’d far rather have been associated with a Government whore than a media whore. Dunne will exit politics with a lot of respect and gratitude. Winston will go out in with little other than headlines.

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  26. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    No, P.G., you seem confused.

    You might find me negative, but I follow freedom and liberty as guiding principles for my comments. Unlike you, I prefer to take a clear position on issues, albeit an unpopular one in some cases.

    My despise for Dunne, your political patron, is based on his mimetism, his ability to change colours in order to support whoever is in power as long the minister’s salary is being paid. For that reason, I’m happy to witness the demise of his puppet party.

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  27. Pete George (23,434 comments) says:

    Manolo – I hardly ever see you taking a clear position on issues, you seem to spend most of your time moaning and criticising. I don’t even know if you support any parties – do you support Act? Or Colin Craig? Honestly, I have no idea what you really stand for, only what you can’t stand.

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  28. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    @PG,

    Why does someone have to support any one of the mainstream parties? What if none of those align with Manolo’s views on freedom and liberty? Is he forced to have to hitch himself to a barrow he doesn’t believe in?

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  29. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Frank 101.

    Garret you hypocrite, after lying to Parliament and you want to be taken seriously. Kaucop needs you like herpes needs a dead child .what else have you got hiding in the closet. better come out now.

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  30. Pete George (23,434 comments) says:

    bhudson – no one is forced to hitch themselves to anything. I’ve been a floater all my voting voting life. I just wondered if Manolo backed anyone or not. I really don’t know what he stands for, or if he would be happy with any party.

    Like it or not we have to have some parties in Parliament. Well, we need one, but hopefully more than that. And someone has to back them. We can’t all just perpetually hope for the impossible.

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  31. Tom Barker (136 comments) says:

    I honestly thought that party consisted of just Dunne and Pete George. I’m astounded to find out that others are wlling to admit to membership of it.

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  32. David Garrett (6,978 comments) says:

    Oh Peter, I am so wounded that you no longer respect me!

    Yep, it’s about time for other drunken brave boy to appear…No Frank, I’ll let you out me…fill your boots old son…

    (At least you use your name Pete…)

    But we all know what’s happened here…someone – maybe even Pete – who has been signing off the declaration with a shaky hand for years has finally lost his bottle, and said he won’t sign a false stat dec any more…

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  33. David Garrett (6,978 comments) says:

    “Like herpes needs a dead child”…bugger me, not yet 8pm and the sot is already incoherent…Got any “completed projects” on that website of yours yet Frank?

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  34. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Sober DG, sober.

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  35. Pete George (23,434 comments) says:

    DG – that’s a nasty accusation. I’ve never signed anything for the party, only for myself. I’ve never held any official position in the party.

    Interesting to see a lawyer who supports Act saying something like that. Based on no facts presumably. Is Act trying to copy Winston’s methods? Doesn’t seem to be the sort of approach John B would appreciate – are you trying to undermine his hard work?

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  36. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    We can’t all just perpetually hope for the impossible.

    Oh I don’t think Manolo’s hopes could be classed as (technically) impossible. But I suspect they are many tens of thousands of votes away from being reality.

    Which is why he should make sure his votes count and give both his ticks to National next time ’round.

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  37. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    are you trying to undermine his hard work?

    Are you suggesting DG is Tonto? Or Silver?…

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  38. David Garrett (6,978 comments) says:

    PG…No, it’s true I have no evidence for that supposition…but I was there long enough to recognise political spin when I see it, and what I heard from some guy from UF on Checkpoint tonight was spinning like a top…I was being a bit naughty even suggesting you might have signed a false return…if you say you didn’t , you didn’t…

    Frank: Seriously man, if you write like that when you are dead sober, you need professional help…from several different kinds of professionals..

    But I am waiting eagerly for you to Out me…even anonymously…go for it my son…tell the readers all you know…

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  39. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Dave you were there long enough to make a complete arse of yourself. any longer would have made the jam just a little stickier. Cock.

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  40. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    I think it is a little sad that moderate men like Peter Dunne and Peter George try to do what they think is good for the country and are rubbished for it by folk that have never done anything of note.

    If you drag down the reasonable people you end up with a country run by shit like the Greenies and the scum from Liarbour.

    If that’s what you want then keep on gloating Kiwibloggers!

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  41. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    Wow frankdb. Add any more value and we’ll need a new calculator

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  42. David Garrett (6,978 comments) says:

    That’s IT Frank? That’s the best you’ve got? For a moment there I thought you knew all about Bermuda and the missing taxi driver….

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  43. Sponge (157 comments) says:

    DG-PG

    Ladies please!

    Keep your handbags in check.

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  44. David Garrett (6,978 comments) says:

    Still waiting Frank…checking in here between moves in my chess game…looks as if it will be a long night…

    Sponge: Fair do’s man! I have already withdrawn and apologised for any unwarranted slur on Mr George…

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  45. Changeiscoming (179 comments) says:

    The party lost its way when it turned on its conservative supporters. As an independant Dunne should sit up where Horan sits and lose his front row spot.

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  46. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    How could even an utterly feeble minded dick suggest that Dunne could have achieved as much as he has done by doing a fucking Brendan!!!!!!…The bloody mind boggles. :)

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  47. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Sponge, They hate a knife to the belly. no defence, no strength, no weight training, no resistance.

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  48. Northland Wahine (660 comments) says:

    Francis, you’re starting to sound like a wet fish…seriously dude.

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  49. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    Wonder what it costs to be a UF member anybody know…just the dollar value…no smart arse shit about selling your soul to the highest bidder or anything?

    Where do you apply?

    Be worth a few bucks just to preserve the hairstyle really! :)

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  50. NK (1,223 comments) says:

    This is just more confirmation (if we needed any) that MMP in this country is a complete joke and a waste of time. We have the major parties manufacturing broadcasting allocations and an elitist, protectionist political and media system that actually prevents smaller parties from growing. Sure, you need a message and a following, but apart from the Greens, MMP has failed in this country. I cannot believe the voters permanently wedged it in place at the referendum.

    Shambles.

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  51. RRM (9,776 comments) says:

    :neutral: There were 500 people passionate about agreeing with whatever the prevailing [Labour/National] government wanted?

    Fancy…

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  52. Nostalgia-NZ (5,097 comments) says:

    ‘My despise for Dunne, your political patron, is based on his mimetism, his ability to change colours in order to support whoever is in power as long the minister’s salary is being paid. For that reason, I’m happy to witness the demise of his puppet party.’

    Manolo, the floater, despising Dunne for what he or she does everyday – but not a ‘stone ager’ apparently.

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  53. Pete George (23,434 comments) says:

    Get Involved with United Future – Membership (Online form)
    Get Involved with United Future – Membership (Postal)
    Get Involved with United Future – Donate

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  54. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    UF with their moralistic values went out with david g into the gutters of

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  55. Pete George (23,434 comments) says:

    apart from the Greens, MMP has failed in this country.

    It’s not a coincidence that Greens have never been in Government.

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  56. Pete George (23,434 comments) says:

    Membership fees are $5.00 per annum. http://www.unitedfuture.co.nz/united_future_membership.htm

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  57. Nostalgia-NZ (5,097 comments) says:

    Pete George I notice that every time you find a person arguing against you that you become aggressive, I’m not trying to hurt your feelings, but do you think you might consider finding help. I don’t know that it’s a method of debate to repeat yourself and invite others to reveal themselves by identity so that you might be ‘one to one’ with them, or tell them where you live as though drawing some heroic line in the sand where you might recover all that you fear lost.

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  58. David Garrett (6,978 comments) says:

    Christ, that Frankie is one confused unit….I was with ACT old man, not UF…and did your falling chin hit the “enter” button before you could complete that sentence?

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  59. Pete George (23,434 comments) says:

    Nostalgia-NZ – you seem to be taking aim at the wrong person.

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  60. Nostalgia-NZ (5,097 comments) says:

    You seem to be unable to stick up for yourself against little folk.

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  61. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    DG I know who you are as does most of NZ you lying little gutter snipe. 3 strikes? hang yourself in shame. You hypocritical piece of shit.

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  63. somewhatthoughtful (462 comments) says:

    Pete George vs. David Garrett: clash of the idiots, Right here, Right now.

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  64. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (871 comments) says:

    I suggest Dunne, Banksie and Colin Craig together form a new party called “Conservative United ACT”. They will be assured of at least 4 MPs for sure and that won’t be a bad thing. I will do anything to keep the nasty Labour-Green-NZ First-Mana maniacs out of power for as long as possible.

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  65. deadrightkev (425 comments) says:

    If the Conservative party can build its membership and supporters to over 5000 since the last election what does that tell the National party for 2014.

    I would bet a jellybean to a knob of goat shit that ACT haven’t got 500 members anymore either.

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  66. NK (1,223 comments) says:

    Pathetic Mr Campbell, just pathetic.

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  67. ChardonnayGuy (1,197 comments) says:

    Am I the only one who thinks it might be interesting if United Future’s remnants and ACT fused to join a unified centre-right satellite party for National? What are the practical obstacles to this? None, as far as I can see. Dunne and ACT are both fiscal conservatives. At least that means that ACT would have a fallback option if Paul Goldsmith ends up winning Epsom for National in 2014.

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