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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.
- Year founded 1953
- Times in government 0
- Current MPs 0
- Electorate seats held0
- Donations received 2017-2019 $1,600
2020 polling average 0.1%
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