Aotearoa NZ Youth Party

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The Aotearoa NZ Youth Party or Aotearoa NZ Youth Independence Party was an unregistered political party in New Zealand. The party was the vehicle of "professional stirrer" Robert Terry of Reefton,[1] who has contested elections on and off since 1998. Terry has received convictions for assault, bomb threats, and multiple threats to behead people.[2]

In each election that the party contested, it was not eligible for the party vote and only stood one candidate, Terry, for an electorate seat. Terry first contested the 1998 Taranaki-King Country by-election, winning 10 votes.[3] In the 2002 election Terry stood for the electorate of West Coast-Tasman, winning 136 votes.[4] The party did not run in 2005, but Terry ran in West Coast-Tasman again in 2008, receiving 50 votes,[5] and in 2011, winning 52 votes.[6] The party did not stand any candidates at the 2014 election.


  1. ^ "Applause signals close race for Coast". Nelson mail. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  2. ^ "No appeal for man who threatened parliament". Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  3. ^ "1998 Taranaki-King Country By-election - 2 May 1998". Chief Electoral Office. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Official Count Results -- West Coast-Tasman". Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  5. ^ "2008 Election: Summary of Overall Results". New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  6. ^ Andrew Ashton. "Eight candidates contest West Coast-Tasman seat". Greymouth Star. Retrieved 10 November 2011.[permanent dead link]