ACT New Zealand
Published 7th November, 2011
The Association of Consumers and Taxpayers (ACT) started life as a right wing pressure group and was founded as a political party in 1994. It describes itself as right-wing and believes in the free market, and classical liberalism.
In its first electoral outing, ACT won eight seats in the 1996 general election. That increased to nine in 1999 and remained at nine in 2002. They had a disastrous election in 2005 when their support dropped to just 1.51% and two seats in the 121 seat House of Representatives.
In 2008 their fortunes recovered somewhat when they took five seats and joined the National Party as a coalition government member.