2008 General Election Broadcasting allocation for the 2008 General Election

See how much time and money we allocated to parties for broadcast advertising during the 2008 General Election.

Parliament gave us $3,211,875 (including GST) to allocate to registered parties for their election programmes.

We also allocated time for opening and closing addresses on Television New Zealand and Radio New Zealand. Each party received an allocation of time from a total of 72 minutes for opening addresses and 30 minutes for closing addresses.

Learn more about how parties can use the broadcasting allocation

You can download our full decision at the bottom of this page. The decision includes information on how we allocated the time and money.

This table shows how much time and money we allocated to each eligible party.

Parties Original allocation Addition from re-allocation Total final allocation
All values include GST
Labour Party, National Party $1,000,000 $0 $1,000,000
Green Party, Māori Party, NZ First $240,000 $8,889 $248,889
The ACT Party, Progressive, United Future $100,000 $4,704 $103,704
Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party, Democrats for social credit, Residents Action Movement, Alliance, Family Party, Workers Party of New Zealand $10,000 $370 $10,370

Variation on our original decision

We released a variation of our original broadcasting allocation decision on 15 October 2008. The variation reallocated money from parties who became ineligible to receive an allocation. We decided not to reallocate the time for opening addresses.

The following parties became ineligible because they failed to meet the deadline for registering their party (8 October 2008):

  • Kotahitanga Te Manamotu Hake Tiriti o Waitangi
  • New Zealand Liberals
  • South Island Party.

The New World Order party also became ineligible to receive an allocation because they did not submit a party list by the deadline (13 October 2008).

Download our full written decision

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