NZ Climate Party

NZ Climate Party
Leader Peter Whitmore
Founded August 2014
Ideology Reducing climate change in New Zealand
Colours Red and Black

The NZ Climate Party is an unregistered political party in New Zealand. The party is focused on highlighting and addressing the threat of climate change.[1] The party was launched in August 2014, and is led by Peter Whitmore.[2]

The party did not register to contest the party vote in the 2014 election, but stood two electorate candidates, in Auckland Central and Rongotai.[3] A representative from the party, Aaron Carter, attended a candidates meeting in Newtown, Wellington dressed in an elephant costume and bearing a sign which said "climate change". His main messages were: "Don't vote for me, vote thinking about the climate", "It's all rearranging furniture on the Titanic as it's sinking", and "Learn to swim".[4] Whitmore and Carter received 50 and 66 electoral votes respectively.[5][6]

Climate Party member Rob Painting contested the 2015 Northland by-election with the stated goal of "raising awareness of climate and coastal issues affecting the Far North".[7] He received 39 votes (0.13% of votes cast).[8]

The party is opposed to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme, arguing that it is doing nothing to stop New Zealand's emissions from increasing.[2]

The party did not run any candidates in the 2017 election.

See also


  1. "NZ Climate Party Launched". NZ Climate Party. 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  2. 1 2 "Climate Party launched". TVNZ. 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2014-08-19.
  3. "2014 Electorate Candidates". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2014-08-27. Retrieved 2014-08-27.
  4. O'Neil, Andrea (5 September 2014). "Newtown meeting a rousing affair". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  5. "Official Count Results -- Auckland Central". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  6. "Official Count Results -- Rongotai". Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  7. "Climate Party contests the Northland by-election". NZ Climate Party. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  8. "Official Count Results -- Northland". Retrieved 5 January 2017.

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