The NZ South Island Party
was a New Zealand
regionalist political party, advocating greater representational say for the South Island
. The party is not currently registered. Its aims are for the establishment of a regional assembly to handle issues relating directly to the South Island.
The party was based in the Otago Region
, and led by Dunedin
publican Pat McCarrigan and former trade unionist Alan McDonald. It was not very effective in achieving a wide acclaim, poor organisation and lack of financial resources probably being to blame. In the 1999 elections
, the party put forward only five electorate candidates (with none in Canterbury) and seven list candidates.
The party won no seats in 1999, with just 0.14% of the vote or 2,622 votes in total across the whole country. Its highest percentage of the party vote in any seat was 1.5%, although one of their candidates received over 800 votes (2.6% of the votes cast in that electorate).
The party's registration was cancelled at its own request on 14 June 2002, and it did not contest the 2002 elections
The South Island Independence
movement is not a political party in its own right and may not be considered as being connected with the South Island Party, however its aims are generally regarded as being closely linked with those expressed by the South Island Party.