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2023 broadcasting allocation decision

May 12, 2023 | News

The Electoral Commission has released its decision on the allocation of funding to political parties for election advertising on radio, television and online for the 2023 General Election.

The amount of money available for the 2023 Broadcasting Allocation is $4,145,750 incl GST ($3,605,000 excl GST).

The following table sets out the allocation of money to eligible political parties.

TOTAL allocated $4,145,750
TOTAL available $4,145,750
Political Party Allocation
(inclusive of GST)
New Zealand Labour Party $1,234,724
The New Zealand National Party $1,036,438
ACT New Zealand $352,389
The Greens, The Green Party of Aotearoa/New Zealand $352,389
Māori Party $198,996
New Zealand First Party $165,830
New Conservative $132,664
The Opportunities Party (TOP) $132,664
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party $66,332
DemocracyNZ $66,332
Freedoms New Zealand $66,332
Heartland New Zealand Party $66,332
NZ Outdoors & Freedom Party $66,332
ONE Party $66,332
Animal Justice Party Aotearoa NZ* $66,332
Protect and Prosper New Zealand* $66,332
Vision New Zealand**  

*These parties are currently unregistered.
** A component party of Freedoms New Zealand which in accordance with section 79(3) of the Broadcasting Act 1989 is not entitled to a separate allocation. 


The Commission can only make an allocation to a political party if:

  • the party gave notice to the Commission by 1 March 2023 that it qualified for an allocation
  • the party is registered with the Commission at the time Parliament is dissolved on 8 September 2023.

How the allocation is decided

The Commission allocates the funds using the criteria set out in the Broadcasting Act 1989. This includes: 

  • votes cast for the party and its candidates at the last general election and any by-elections since then 
  • the number of MPs a party has 
  • relationships that exist between parties 
  • indications of public support such as public opinion poll results and party membership 
  • the need to provide a fair opportunity for each party to convey its policies to the public.

The full list of criteria and information on how the allocation can be used is available on our website and in Part 6 of the Broadcasting Act 1989.

The Commission may vary the allocation decision under certain circumstances provided for in the Broadcasting Act, for example, if a party fails to register by the time Parliament is dissolved.

The Electoral Commission's full written decision for 2023 is available for download below.

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