Speaking to a Freedom and Rights Coalition rally at the Auckland Domain today, Brian Tamaki said that his efforts to create a political “umbrella movement” for the next election had seen four parties make “firm verbal agreements” to unite under a single banner. He did not name the parties. The Destiny Church leader cited numerous political priorities, from the cost of living to health and gang crime, but said the parties’ shared ambition was to see “the political establishment cleaned out”. Tamaki restated his promise not to personally seek political office.
At the rally, which saw a handful of verbal skirmishes break out with a colourfully clothed “FARC Off Brian” counter-protest, a stall was in place collecting sign-ups for a new party, which signage suggested would be called “Freedoms NZ: Uniting Political Parties and Freedom Movements”. The website address FreedomsNZ.co.nz, though not active, is registered to the Freedom and Rights Coalition.
Previous examples of umbrella parties (or component parties), which are provided for under the Electoral Act, are the Alliance, Internet-Mana and Advance NZ. To formally register, a party needs to have 500 financial members who are eligible to enrol.
For more on Tamaki’s electoral and protest plans, including a “People’s Court on parliament steps for crimes against Kiwis”, go here.