Does this appear to be words or graphics which might persuade someone to vote for a party? It’s in the exhibitors’ product listings in the Fieldays catelogue under the heading Labour Members of Parliament:
The NZ Labour Party has launched NZ Fast Forward, the largest ever boost to research, development and innovation in New Zealand’s history with $700 million dollars (sic) of new funding. It is part of the Labour-led Government’s commitment to transforming New Zealand’s primary industries to meet future challenges. In Government, the NZ Labour Party will continue to work alongside farmers to ensure the coninual growth and prosperity of the primary sector and rural communities, and that rural people have the same opportunities as their urban counterparts. Find out more about our rural policies – www.labour.org.nz This is funded by the Parlimaentary Service.
A Hamilton PO Box number and phone number follow – but there is no authorisation statement.
Then there’s this for New Zealand First:
New Zealand First is Parliament’s third largest and most dynamic party. It has led the debate in New Zealand on immigration, the Treaty, a fair go for senior citizens, law and order and owning our own country for more than 10 years. We will be seeking your party vote this year to continue this fight.
It has a Hamilton street address, phone number and fax but no authorisation statement.
And this for Libertarianz:
Libertarianz is the first and only political party in NZ to have an explicit individualistic philosophy. We are committed to shrinking the power an influence of the Government in every area of our lives, and are committeed to the concept of a free society with a free marekt economy. We offer you a unique opportunity to influence the future political direction of our nation. Join us and say no to OSH, RMA, NZQA and all other Government nanying!
It was followed by an Auckland PO Box & fax number, mobile phone number and website address but again no authorisation.
And National? It had this:
Take this opportunity to visit our site and meet a Member of Parliament. During the four days we will have several MPs manning the stand and they will be available to discuss issues of interest to people. Come along and have a chat and give your views. National is very interested in hearing what people really think. This is your chance to have a lively exchange of ideas.
It was followed by a Hamilton PO Box and phone number and no authorisation but I don’t think you could say the words were soliciting votes so it didn’t need one.
Then there were the sites. Labours had two big red banners saying Labour, with the party logo and parliamentary crest; and a couple of bright red banners saying Waikato Labour MPs with a website address.
There was no authorisation. So are the Labour Party MPs acting separately from the party? And does Labour have to account for a donation from parliamentary services for the costs of the fieldays stand and banners in the same way Bill English suggested it might have to with the Prime Minsiter’s office over funding the budget brochure? (Keeping Stock comments on that here)
The NZ First site had authorisation statements and parliamentary crests on its posters.
I didn’t notice if posters at the Libertaianz site were authorised, but did enjoy a discussion with the bloke handing out pamphlets 🙂 and the National site was set up like an MP’s office, with nothing promoting National.
So three out of four statements in the catelogue appear to breach the EFA because they don’t have authorisation statements and Labour’s site as a whole appeared to be advertising the party with public money and without authorisation statements.