Billy Te Kahika announces he is quitting politics, shutting down controversial party

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 12:42PM
Billy Te Kahika says he is quitting politics. Photo / File
Billy Te Kahika says he is quitting politics. Photo / File

Billy Te Kahika announces he is quitting politics, shutting down controversial party

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 12:42PM

Billy Te Kahika has quit politics and shut down his controversial party after his failed bid for power at last year's election.

The leader of New Zealand Freedom Party (formerly known as the New Zealand Public Party) revealed the move this afternoon, saying he was going to "focus on being an activist".

"This is not the end of my fight for freedoms and being a voice for concerned Kiwis - I am leaving the political world to be what I have now become and that is a voice for all concerned New Zealanders and a commentator about the important issues as an independent activist journalist!," he said in a statement.

Te Kahika began making political broadcasts on social media during the Covid-19 lockdown in March last year.

He went on to form the New Zealand Public Party, which then merged with the Advance New Zealand Party, set by up ousted National MP Jami-Lee Ross.

The party attracted a mere 28,000 votes - just 1 per cent of the vote.