2017 General Election Party expenses for the 2017 General Election

See a summary of how much parties spent on advertising for the 2017 General Election and download the full expense returns at the bottom of the page.

You can also view the returns at our offices:

Electoral Commission
Level 10
34–42 Manners Street
Wellington

Parties could spend up to $1,115,000

A registered party contesting the party vote at the 2017 General Election could spend up to $1,115,000 (including GST) on election advertising, plus $26,200 (including GST) for each electorate the party contested by standing a candidate.

These expense returns were due on Wednesday, 21 February 2018. All registered parties must file a return, even if they didn’t have any election expenses.

Read the rules for party election expenses

Registered parties could get an allocation of money to spend on TV, radio and internet advertising. Parties could only broadcast their election advertisements on TV and radio between 23 August and 22 September 2017.

See what we allocated to parties for broadcast advertising in 2017

Read the rules for spending a broadcast allocation

Registered parties must also file a return of their donations and loans every year:

See party donations and loans for 2017

Summary of party expenses

This table summarises each registered party’s election and allocation expenses.

Party Election expenses
limit*
Total
party expenses
Party allocation Total
party allocation expenses
ACT New Zealand $2,189,200.00 $601,487.58 $99,498.00 $99,498.01
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party $1,272,200.00 $1,696.60 $44,221.00 $44,116.78
Ban1080 $1,193,600.00 $7,749.31 $44,221.00 $43,334.85
Conservative $1,822,400.00 $71,764.68 $55,277.00 $55,277.00
Democrats for Social Credit $1,455,600.00 $13,761.73 $44,221.00 $44,191.41
Green Party $2,844,200.00 $818,525.46 $530,656.00 $530,656.00
Internet Party $1,115,000.00 $2,322.70 $55,277.00 $55,277.00
Labour Party $2,975,200.00 $2,580,523.70 $1,105,533.00 $1,105,523.81
MANA Movement $1,167,400.00 $17,921.12 $55,277.00 $28,437.60
Māori Party $1,743,800.00 $247,921.79 $132,664.00 $132,008.50
National Party $2,791,800.00 $2,546,742.70 $1,370,860.00 $1,370,859.22
NZ First $2,582,200.00 $679,095.38 $420,102.00 $230,743.87
New Zealand People's Party $1,115,000.00 $274,541.96 Nil N/A
NZ Outdoors Party $1,219,800.00 $43,508.58 $44,221.00 $41,226.76
The Opportunities Party (TOP) $1,665,200.00 $1,013,714.29 $44,221.00 $44,221.00
United Future $1,324,600.00 $12,963.48 $99,488.00 $14,250.55

 *$1,115,000 + $26,200 per electorate candidate