See a summary of how much registered promoters spent on advertising for the 2020 General Election and referendums. Download the full expense returns at the bottom of the page.
You can also view the returns at our office:
Level 4, 34–42 Manners Street
Registered promoters only had to file a return if they spent more than $100,000
Only registered promoters for the 2020 General Election and referendums who spent more than $100,000 on election advertising, or more than $100,000 on referendum advertising with respect to either referendum, published during the regulated period (18 August to 16 October) had to send us a return of their expenses. These expense returns were due on Wednesday, 17 February 2021.
Registered promoter expense limits and joint advertisements
Registered promoters had an expense limit of $338,000 (including GST) for the general election and $338,000 (including GST) for each of the referendums.
The full cost of any joint advertisement must be counted towards each relevant expense limit. A joint advertisement was any of the following:
- a referendum advertisement that also met the definition of an election advertisement
- a single referendum advertisement covering both referendums
- a single advertisement covering both referendums and the election.
Summary of promoter election and referendum expenses
This table shows the registered promoters that sent us returns for the 2020 General Election and referendums.
Please note some registered promoters filed returns with us even though they were not required to because they had not incurred any election or referendum expenses or had spent less than $100,000. These returns have still been published below.
|Registered promoter||Election Expenses||Cannabis Referendum Expenses||End of Life Choice Act Referendum Expenses|
|Elevate Christian Disability Trust||Nil||Nil||Nil||PDF, 168KB|
|Family First New Zealand||$141,224.34||$141,224.34||$141,224.34||PDF, 172KB|
|Hobson's Pledge Trust||Nil||Nil||Nil||PDF, 1MB|
|Make It Legal Aotearoa, New Zealand||Nil||$104,780.84||Nil||PDF, 321KB|
|New Zealand Council of Trade Unions||$5,692.14||Nil||Nil||PDF, 159KB|
|NZ Drug Foundation||Nil||$337,241.67||Nil||PDF, 241KB|
|NZ Council of Licensed Firearms Owners Incorporated||Nil||Nil||Nil||PDF, 332KB|
|Public Service Association||Nil||Nil||Nil||PDF, 408KB|
|Safer Future Charitable Trust||Nil||Nil||$335,678.92||PDF, 1.4MB|
|SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) NZ Coalition||Nil||$320,300.00||Nil||PDF, 5MB|
|Sinead Donnelly||Nil||Nil||$129,258.33||PDF, 4.7MB|
|Voice for Life||Nil||Nil||Nil||PDF, 250KB|
|Vote No to End of Life Act||Nil||Nil||$313,633.13||PDF, 213KB|
|Yes for Compassion||Nil||Nil||$329,539.82||PDF, 2.2MB|