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The New Zealand Democractic Party for Social Credit is a centre-left party that promotes the creation of what it calls a social credit economy, where individuals are put in more direct control of the financial system. It is not currently in parliament. Formed in 1953, Social Credit is NZ’s oldest minor party and from the 1950s to 1980s was the third largest party in NZ, winning 20 percent of votes at the 1981 election. In the 1990s it joined the Alliance and later the Progressive Party before becoming independent again after the 2002 election. Social Credit won seats in parliament four times as an independent party, and twice as part of Alliance.

Chris Leitch

Leader

Amanda Vickers

Deputy leader

Quick facts

  • Year founded 1953
  • Times in government 0
  • Current MPs 0
  • Electorate seats held0
  • Donations received 2017-2019 $1,600
  • 2020 polling average
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Chris Leitch
Chris Leitch
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Whangārei electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Ensure everyone has a warm, dry, secure home with adequate income to eat well and participate fully in the community. See the city develop though better road and rail connections so that employment is readily available. Protect the harbour, coastline and ecosystem from pollution and exploitation.
Why I’m running
The causes of our burgeoning Government debt levels and wider socio-economic and environmental problems can be laid fairly and squarely at the door of the economic system that allows privately owned commercial banks to create the nation's money supply. That power must be returned to the public as a whole, through the government, and used to benefit people, not overseas bank shareholders.
About me
I am a former elected member of the Auckland Regional Services Trust set up in 1991 which paid off millions of dollars of debt while successfully keeping the revenue-earning assets in public ownership. I was elected to the Waitemata Electricity Trust, and have been chairman of the Whangarei Youth Centre and the Onerahi School Board.
Party list rank
1
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Businessman
Place of residence
Whangarei
2017 Result
5th in Whangarei
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Amanda Vickers
Amanda Vickers
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Ōtaki electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Ensure funding for a local hospital properly equipped for emergency care. Advocate for a new primary school in Waikanae. Support commuter rail going north.
Why I’m running
Systems should be made for people, not the other way around. Society's problems include poverty, inequality, a housing crisis, environmental degradation and a serious infrastructure and state sector deficit. Only when we change our monetary system can we hope to fix this. Anything else is rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Tax and borrow cannot possibly work any longer. We need to address the issue at its core and implement a sovereign, Crown-issued monetary system.
About me
I was raised on the Kapiti Coast and still love it here. I stood as an independent candidate for Otaki in 2014 to advocate for a Sovereign monetary system, before joining Social Credit. I see the result of our country's institutional problems being played out right here in our electorate. That's why I'm taking a stand to implement a better system. I was also a strong anti-TPP campaigner and am a strong advocate of Binding Citizens' Initiated Referenda.
Party list rank
2
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Veterinary surgeon
Place of residence
Waikanae
Age
49
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Cliff Hall
Cliff Hall
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Mt Roskill electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Use the Reserve Bank to fund water infrastructure so that we have water even in a drought, and no sewage on beaches. Help support people and businesses doing it tough due to Covid-19. Lobby the council to sort out its bloated bureaucracy and reduce rates for residents.
Why I’m running
I believe that the money system should serve people, not the other way around. Banks create money and pump too much into housing, creating huge profits for themselves but unaffordable housing, inequality and poverty for ordinary kiwis. Once I learned how our money system worked I had two choices: use the knowledge to profit personally, or try to fix the system for everyone. I am standing at this election to try to improve the money system so that it works for the many, not just the few.
About me
I am an Auckland businessman, employing 22 people at my manufacturing plant in Wiri and branches in Christchurch and China. Originally from Canada, I worked as a professional electrical engineer in Vancouver prior to immigrating to New Zealand in 1994. I have a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering and a Diploma in Management. Married with two adult children, I have lived in the area for 23 years and held leadership positions as a volunteer in the community.
Party list rank
3
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Company director
Place of residence
Blockhouse Bay
Age
55
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Jack Collin
Jack Collin
Social Credit
My local priorities
Allow coal mining to progress providing employment. Allow the Waitaha power scheme to go ahead reducing power costs on the West Coast. Ensure the health service and education receive adequate funding to carry out their task.
Why I’m running
The past governments have borrowed large amounts from overseas financial sources costing us plenty in interest when they could use our own reserve bank as in Social Credit policy.
About me
I live in Westport and have seen the disappointment caused by the current government putting blocks on economic progress on the West Coast. Before coming to the Coast I was employed as an accountant in the Wellington area and Nelson.
Party list rank
4
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Accountant and salesman
Place of residence
Westport
Age
77
2017 Result
10th in West Coast-Tasman

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Kath Lauderdale
Kath Lauderdale
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for New Plymouth electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Transition and adapt community needed infrastructure. Create a safe and equal community. Ensure all members of the community's needs and the environment's needs are met to a good level enhancing all our quality of life.
Why I’m running
To support Aotearoa New Zealand in improved equality and social cohesion while we all face some existential crises.
About me
I am experienced in policy and development and have significant community and voluntary sector experience.
Party list rank
5
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Journalist
Place of residence
Opunake
Age
57
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Jason Jobsis
Jason Jobsis
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Kelston electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Party list rank
6
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
11th in Tauranga

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Warren Voight
Warren Voight
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Taieri electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Party list rank
7
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
5th in Dunedin North

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Winsome Aroha
Winsome Aroha
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Invercargill electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Work with people affected by the potential closure of the Tiwai smelter. Retain employment in the area and lift the incomes of people on low incomes. Protect the harbour, coastline and ecosystem from pollution and exploitation.
Why I’m running
I view the current situation the country is in as a wonderful opportunity to do things differently, to put the focus on what is really good for people, not big (international) business, and good for our lakes, our rivers, our whenua. I want to help put in place an economic system that works for people not against people.
About me
I am a holistic GP who has worked largely as a locum in most parts of the country mainly in Hau Ora and Tangata Pasifika clinics. I have a long and deep commitment to health at the grass root level and a keen awareness of the effects of poverty and unemployment on health. I've had a lifelong interest in education and health and have spent many years providing voluntary tutoring for many disadvantaged youth and also for aspiring health professionals.
Party list rank
8
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
A doctor (GP)
Place of residence
Bluff
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Brannon Favel
Brannon Favel
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rangitata electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Financial reform that works for kiwis. Economic policy that benefits New Zealand businesses. Better roads for the district to alleviate peak traffic congestion.
Why I’m running
I am running because we have had enough social policy change, it's now time for large scale financial reform that works for New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses. I believe we can change the life of every down trodden Kiwi for the better.
About me
I was born and raised in the Rangitata district, and I love it here. I have been working with the farming community for 3 years, and before that spent 10 years working in factories saving to buy my first home. My current role brings me into contact with people from all over the district, and there is a major dissatisfaction with the status quo.
Party list rank
9
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Hoof care specialist
Place of residence
Hampstead, Ashburton
Age
29
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Lawrence McIsaac
Lawrence McIsaac
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Waimakariri electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Improve water quality and availability. This basic of life must be our priority. Improve roading. Improve the surface condition and visibility including sign placement. Utilize rail better. Manage council assets better. Reduce the need for ever increasing rates.
Why I’m running
I am running as a candidate because I have steadily watched as New Zealand, along with other countries, has sunk into a debt structured system. This system of short sighted gains, has benefit for a small minority only, but is not sustainable. I have decided to make a difference, by standing up so the majority voice can be heard.
About me
I am a practical, logical thinking person who often works with people to find good solutions for problems. From a small town background, with a broad range of skills, I joined the NZ Fire service and spent 30 years as a Professional Firefighter in Christchurch. Honing my skills I developed a couple of successful small businesses I have worked many areas throughout the South Island and with the opportunity to meet a diverse range of people, they have heightened my awareness to the problems we face.
Party list rank
10
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Line haul driver
Place of residence
Woodend/Waimakariri
Age
68
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Callan Neylon
Callan Neylon
Social Credit
My local priorities
Stop the proposed Dome Valley landfill as it poses huge risk to people and environment of Kaipara ki Mahurangi. Restore passenger rail services to Huapai and Helensville to help ease congestion and cut emissions. Increase funding for mental health support, with emphasis on farmers and youth as they are disproportionately affected.
Why I’m running
I'm standing for Social Credit because I believe its innovative, forward thinking economic and environmental policies will provide the best future for Kiwis today and generations to come. I am strongly opposed to the Chinese Government owned Waste Management Ltd proposal to build a potentially toxic landfill in Dome Valley. I strongly support using the Reserve Bank to fund the much needed infrastructure upgrades and development in the electorate such as passenger rail to Huapai and Helensville.
About me
I decided to become involved in politics when I learnt about my now inspiration, former Social Credit Leader and MP, Bruce Beetham. It is important to me that youth voices are heard as decisions made by governments have far-reaching consequences into the future. I stand for constructive politics and independent, honest criticism of government and opposition.
Party list rank
11
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Horticulturalist
Age
21
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Elisabeth Dacker
Elisabeth Dacker
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Southland electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Party list rank
12
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Di
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Lisa Er
Lisa Er
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for New Lynn electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
A 'child dividend' of $30 per week for all children under 18. We have plenty of families in need in this electorate. A guaranteed liveable minimum income for all low income earners. This is part of Social Credit's $20 billion programme. Free urban public transport will reduce traffic congestion and assist in the lowering of carbon emissions.
Why I’m running
The present monetary system ensures a rapidly widening income gap. It is enslaving us with debt. Covid-19 has inflated the problem, as government borrowing has had to dramatically increase. We could do what PM Savage did in the 1930s, and borrow from the Reserve bank and the debt can be forgiven. The vast majority of money is created by private-sector banks out of thin air and then interest is charged on it. Social Credit has solutions to this crazy system which I want to promote.
About me
I have lived in this community for 20 years, and in West Auckland since 1970. From my house in Rosier Rd Glen Eden I founded and grew the dips business, Lisa's Hummus, which I sold in 2004 and entered into a busy early retirement. I stood as a Green party candidate in 2008, and then formed a new political party called The Awareness party. It proved difficult to get off the ground and so we have joined with Social Credit as many of our policies are the same and in particular in monetary policy.
Party list rank
13
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Founder/director of Lisa's Hummus
Place of residence
Titirangi
2017 Result
Did not stand
14
Andrew Leitch
Andrew Leitch
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Party list rank
14
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
8th in Mt Roskill
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Zariah Anjaiya-Winder
Zariah Anjaiya-Winder
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Dunedin electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Party list rank
15
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Deane Landreth
Deane Landreth
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Wigram electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Investigate the possibility of a new secondary school within the electorate. Promote small business friendly tax policy that simplifies compliance and widens the tax base. GST will be gone. Ensure local schools can get funding for classrooms other than 'Innovative learning environments'.
Why I’m running
I believe a large proportion of the social issues facing New Zealand have their root causes in our economic and monetary systems. Since the beginning of the neo-liberal experiment in NZ, and since 1984 in particular, governments have embraced polices that allow the hollowing out of the economic core of NZ and concentrated wealth within fewer hands to the detriment of the overall social well-being of New Zealand. It's time to re-evaluate and educate New Zealand on how we can reverse this decline.
About me
With a background in business automation, I have a lot of experience in solving complex problems and inventing innovative solutions that enable growth within organisations. These skills will be applied to identifying and resolving the root causes of economic and social inequality within New Zealand.
Party list rank
16
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Software developer
Place of residence
Hoon Hay Christchurch
Age
56
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Heather Smith
Heather Smith
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Whanganui electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Party list rank
17
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Brad Flutey
Brad Flutey
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Northland electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Party list rank
18
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Mischele Rhodes
Mischele Rhodes
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Party list rank
19
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Grant Crowther
Grant Crowther
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Māngere electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Party list rank
20
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Barry Pulford
Barry Pulford
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Party list rank
21
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
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John McCaskey
John McCaskey
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Kaikōura electorate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Harness the potential of Lake Sumner to supply domestic, hydro and irrigation (by gravity!) to southern Hurunui area. Re-introduce Christchurch/Wellington overnight ferry service to ensure alternative to fragile road/rail system. Re-establish commuter rail Waipara, Darfield, Ashburton for obvious reasons, access, emissions etc.
Why I’m running
I support getting NZ Inc. back to the very successful pre-40s and pre-80s public financing of basic infrastructure, rail, road, domestic-hydro/irrigation, health/housing and drastic reform of the consents processes by reintroducing an upgraded MOW, NZED, NZR model of governance/oversight and financing so that long term planning is divorced from the 3 year political auction and vested interest corruption. Nothing of productive value has been built in the Kaikoura electorate since the 1980s!
About me
I am standing for my 9th election since 1972 more than ever convinced that the incumbents are wedded to a doctrine that has produced an increasingly divided community. My lifetime in North Canty is clearly in two parts: firstly the post-war pre-80s when tremendous social and productive progress was in full swing. The second being notable for having to witness increasing social divisiveness, national debt and no new productive infrastructure – governments fixated on "patching up the holes".
Party list rank
22
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Mixed farming, associated industries
Place of residence
Hurunui
Age
82
2017 Result
7th in Kaikōura

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Bill Rossiter
Bill Rossiter
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
Social Credit
My local priorities
Party list rank
23
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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