Political Landscape New Zealand

Let’s map, explore and understand New Zealand’s political landscape

New Zealand is scheduled to hold its General Election in October 2020. Discover where you fit in, compare yourself with every candidate and understand the country’s political landscape.

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The charts and test are the intellectual property of The Political Compass™ and are used with their permission.

Where do you stand?

Take the test on The Political Compass™ website and understand where you fit in the political landscape. Once you have your score, compare it with your electorate below.

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2020 NZ party chart

The chart assessing each party running for the 2020 General Election made by The Political Compass™ is now available on their website.

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Dear candidates

Take part in Political Landscape NZ and help your electorate understands where you fit in the political landscape.

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Charts by electorate

First results available in September

Auckland Central

Banks Peninsula

Bay of Plenty

Botany

Christchurch Central

Christchurch East

Coromandel

Dunedin

East Coast

East Coast Bays

Epsom

Hamilton East

Hamilton West

Hauraki-Waikato

Hutt South

Ikaroa-Rāwhiti

Ilam

Invercargill

Kaikōura

Kaipara ki Mahurangi

Kelston

Mana

Māngere

Manurewa

Maungakiekie

Mount Albert

Mount Roskill

Napier

Nelson

New Lynn

New Plymouth

North Shore

Northcote

Northland

Ōhariu

Otaki

Pakuranga

Palmerston North

Panmure-Ōtāhuhu

Papakura

Port Waikato

Rangitata

Rangitīkei

Remutaka

Rongotai

Rotorura

Selwyn

Southland

Taieri

Takanini

Tamaki

Tāmaki Makaurau

Taranaki-King Country

Taupō

Tauranga

Te Atatū

Te Tai Hauāuru

Te Tai Tokerau

Te Tai Tonga

Tukituki

Upper Harbour

Waikato

Waimakariri

Wairarapa

Waitaki

Wellington Central

West Coast-Tasman

Whanganui

Whangaparāoa

Whangārei

Wigram

Waiariki

The 2020 candidates on The Political Compass™ chart

Access the entire list of candidates enrolled in the 2020 General Election and see how they place themselves on The Political Compass™ chart.

Available in September

Questions & Answers

How can I compare myself with the candidates in my electorate?

Once you’ve taken the test on The Political Compass™ website, keep your score and choose one of the electorates in the list above. You can then add your score to the pre-populated crowd chart.
You can also start with a blank crowd chart and manually add any candidate you want by looking up their score in the Political Landscape NZ database.

Why is my candidate missing?

We contacted every single candidate enrolled in the 2020 General Election and asked them to take the test and submit their results to us. If your can’t find your candidate, it means either they haven’t submitted their results back yet or they decided not to take part in Political Landscape NZ.
Help us by asking your local candidate to take the test and submit their results to us.

How can I be sure the scores are accurate?

Short answer: you can’t. We asked every candidate to take the test on The Political Compass™ website and submit their results to us. While we hope everyone played by the rules, we have no way to control how each candidate answered the test.

What is The Political Compass™?

The Political Compass™ is an independent organisation providing innovative means of better understanding politics with analytical reference to a number of countries, and a continuing flow of contemporary essays and podcasts. For a brief intro to their long-established and widely recognised work, check out this video.

Why are the NZ party chart results from The Political Compass™ different?

To create its NZ party chart, The Political Compass™ is assessing each party based on manifestos, speeches and voting records instead of asking them to take the test. While this approach is far more accurate, it would be impossible to investigate every single candidate this way.
Check out their previous chart from the 2017 General Election.

Are you part of The Political Compass™?

No. The Political Landscape NZ team is not affiliated with The Political Compass™ organisation, but we invite you to donate and support their work if you found ours useful. The charts and test are the intellectual property of The Political Compass™ and are used with their permission.

Who is behind Political Landscape NZ?

Political Landscape NZ is made by a team of volunteers to gather and share data around the 2020 election to help voters in their decision. The team is independant and is not supported by or affiliated to any candidate or political group.

Are there any other tools online to get information about the candidates and political parties?

You might want to check out On the Fence, a gameful questionnaire to guide you towards finding your best match amongst the parties standing in the General Election. Policy gathers essential information about the policies and candidates of New Zealand’s political parties together in one place.