9 Mar 2009

Low-polling Kiwi Party to contest next election

8:13 pm on 9 March 2009

The low-polling Kiwi Party has declared it will continue and intends to contest the next election.

The party received just 0.54% of the party vote in last year's election - just 12,755 votes.

Kiwi Party leader Larry Baldock says the result was disappointing but he believes all the smaller parties lost votes in the swing to National.

He says a strategy meeting was held at the weekend when members resolved to continue.

Mr Baldock says the party's focus in the short term will be to run a national campaign on the child discipline referendum due to be held later this year.

The Kiwi Party is a Christian party that was formed in a break-away from United Future.