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.
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).