Labour on the bludge again

Just a week after Prof. Nigel Haworth went on the bludge for $2 donations he is at it again.

From: Nigel Haworth, Labour President
Date: 31 December 2015 at 10:08
Subject: This year and next


Today sees the end of a very successful 2015, and tomorrow we begin our Centenary Year. 2016 means two things for Labour – the celebration of our contribution to a strong, inclusive New Zealand and the hard yards of organisation for victory in 2017.

Members and supporters have been incredibly generous this year. In fact, 2015 has been our best ever year for fundraising online: and that’s down to people like you. And I understand all too well that for many of our members and supporters a donation to Labour is not easy to find in tight budgets. Thank you so much.

Your generosity has meant we’ve been able to run new training for our local organisers and run high profile campaigns, like our Christmas Island detainees campaign, and our campaign against selling off State Houses.

This has also meant we’re in a great position to expand everything we do next year. We’ll be able to do things like run more local campaigns and provide more training to our volunteers, campaign managers and candidates in advance of the 2017 election ground operation.

But I’d like to end the year with a real bang and set up Labour and Andrew Little to start 2016 with our goals set even higher. The simple fact is that we need to raise this money to be able to win in 2017, and return a Labour-led government committed to backing the Kiwi Dream.

So [REDACTED], if you can, I’d like to ask you to make a final donation for 2015: one which will help us enter 2016 in the best possible place.


As ever, thank you for all you do.

Nigel Haworth
Labour Party President

Their best ever year for donations? Where is the money?

There are no large donations from anyone and, a year after the general election, the President is declaring that this is their best ever year for donations.

We will have to wait until 30 April for Labour’s 2015 donations. I’ll put the date in my calendar because we will know for sure if Nigel Haworth’s claim is true when we get to compare it with their donations returns.

Meanwhile there are no declarable donations over $30,000. The last donation over $30,000 the Labour party received was on 29 August 2014 for $40,000 from the New Zealand Dairy Workers Union. That’s it.

Labour declared total donations for 2014, an election year, the very year that political parties fundraise the most, of $688,411. In 2013 it was less than that. In 2012, the year after a general election they raised just $270,423.93. That would be a direct comparison to 2015, the year after a general election. The general election before that was in 2011, when Labour raised just $695,338.42, so under Phil Goff in election year they raised more money than under David Cunliffe. In 2010 they declared just $56,720. 2009 was a bad year for donations, with just $10,063, the year after Helen Clark lost the 2008 election. Helen Clark’s last election garnered $422,917 in donations.

If Nigel Haworth is to be believed then Labour has done what no other political party in the world has done and raised more money the year after an election than in an election year. On top of that he has stated that this is their “best ever year” for fundraising.

But you have to ask…if gathering $2 donations has raised more money than ever before, why is it that he is on the bludge just a week after his last effort?

I can’t wait for their full donations return on 30 April. We will then see if Nigel Haworth has been telling the truth.

For a reality check, donations are the first indicator that you are credible, and they usually match an upswing in the polls. Now either all the polls are wrong…or Nigel Haworth is lying.

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