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June 27, 2017

Internet Party to stream campaign office live online; publish 2017 plans

The Internet Party is again raising the bar on political innovation in New Zealand.

The Party will regularly live-stream behind-the-scenes campaign activity in real time, starting TONIGHT, June 27, 2017 at 8pm NZT via

This groundbreaking, world-first initiative will give the public direct access to interact with the Party Leader and team, and provide a window to watch the Party progress and grow.

This is a unique opportunity for interested citizens to witness and participate in an election campaign as it happens.

In a move that would be unthinkable for old-paradigm political parties, the Directors of the campaign will launch the stream by presenting the internal strategic and tactical plans the Party has been developing and implementing over the course of 2017.

The Party invites political science and media academics and students around the world to observe and study this initiative.

This is an unprecedented chance to witness firsthand and participate in all the exciting (or not) action that takes place while running an election campaign.

Government transparency is a core Internet Party value, and the Party is happy to be leading the way.

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Please direct ALL media enquiries to Sarah Illingworth (Internet Party NZ Communications Director and Party Secretary) at


June 17, 2017

New leader announcement

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson. Ms Dawson will lead the Internet Party as it contests the 2017 New Zealand general election.

Suzie Dawson is an accomplished independent New Zealand journalist and activist. She specialises in writing about whistleblowers, intelligence agencies, and technology.

Suzie's work has been repeatedly shared by WikiLeaks, recommended by Pulitzer Prize winner Glenn Greenwald, and published and referenced by a number of media organisations.

She has reported extensively and internationally, most notably in support of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

She was recently interviewed by US journalist, activist and Nobel Peace Prize-nominee David Swanson.

She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose. The story of her exile from New Zealand is told in her 2016 documentary 'Diary of a Person of Interest'. She is also the host of a new Web TV series about life in Russia called 'Kiwi In Moscow'.

Suzie was instrumental in major activism campaigns in New Zealand, including #GCSB, #TPPANoWay, #NZ4Gaza and the 2014 Internet Party campaign, during which she interviewed ex leader Hon. Laila Harré on a number of occasions.

Suzie says: "The Internet Party has the courage to challenge the powers that be and the innovative thinking needed to update democracy in New Zealand. That is why I am proud to represent it in the 2017 general election."

Suzie's full body of work is referenced at You can also find Suzie on Twitter:

Help #UpdateNZ by becoming an Internet Party member and joining our campaign:

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Please direct ALL media enquiries to Sarah Illingworth (Internet Party NZ Communications Director and Party Secretary) at

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The Internet Party is back to contest the 2017 New Zealand general election.

Check out the brand new next generation Internet Party website at

We'll be announcing details of our 2017 campaign and policies soon, so watch this space.

Help #UpdateNZ by becoming an Internet Party member and joining our campaign:

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Please direct ALL media enquiries to Sarah Illingworth (Internet Party Communications Director and Party Secretary) at

Authorised by Sarah Illingworth, 40 Hartford Crescent, Upper Hutt 5018.

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Join us for our 2017 AGM online chat

You may attend as a member with your membership token or as guest without token.

To vote in the EXEC by-election use the link sent you in our last two emails.

UPDATE: Thanks for voting. Results will be available shortly.

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May 26, 2017

Statement of solidarity

The Internet Party is pleased to confirm that we are currently preparing our campaign for the 2017 New Zealand general election on September 23.

Early in 2017 Kim Dotcom tendered his resignation from the Executive Committee of Internet Party NZ, as publicly tweeted at the time. Likewise, he is not involved in the Campaign Committee for our 2017 campaign, or its operational decision-making. As such, Kim Dotcom has no advance knowledge that we are issuing this statement.

Like many, we are shocked by recent allegations that Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich was a WikiLeaks source. Both Kim and the Internet Party are long-term supporters of WikiLeaks, and we are certain such claims would not be made unless they were true.

We are delighted to hear Seth Rich was interested in starting an Internet Party in the United States, and are aware of past attempts by people in Poland and Germany to create Internet Parties. We expect that the Internet Party will continue to propagate globally in the long-term, as have other political movements like the Greens and the Pirate Parties.

The Internet Party and its events were seriously misrepresented in the New Zealand media in 2014, particularly the Moment of Truth, at which many revelations were made by whistleblower Edward Snowden about the New Zealand government’s complicity in US mass surveillance efforts. Local media reported the Moment of Truth as a flop despite record attendance in-person and online, and the numerous unique revelations made by Snowden throughout the event.

This revisionist history has a use-by date that is set to expire in 2017. Further information will continue to come to light about the extent to which New Zealand and the world have been actively deceived by their politicians and the state.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Rich family, and to the families of all political targets in New Zealand who have been drawn into this vast spiderweb of deceit one way or another - of which there are many.

In 2014, injury was done to the historical record of New Zealand politics. We look forward to that being corrected, for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

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You can help bring truth and hope to New Zealanders. Join the campaign by signing up via our existing website today! New official Campaign 2017 website coming soon.

Please direct ALL media enquiries to Sarah Illingworth, Communications Director, the Internet Party NZ at

Authorised by Fred Look, Box 7, Colville 3547.

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