2016 party donations

Stuff has details of party donations for 2016: National tops donations with almost $2m given to the party in 2016

The total donations disclosed for 2016 were:

  • National: $1,943,324
  • Greens: $860,746
  • Labour: $563,915
  • Conservatives: $139,450
  • ACT: $108,730
  • NZ First: $54,946
  • Maori Party: $42,237
  • United Future: Nil
  • Mana: Nil

National and Greens are doing well, Labour is still lagging badly. Labour are doing more to try to get small donations after building contact lists, but that didn’t show up much in last year’s totals.

How does this compare to donations in 2013, the year before the last election?

  • National: $1,037,537
  • Greens: $386,711
  • Labour: $486,506
  • Conservatives: $197,570
  • ACT: $138,840
  • NZ First: $3,050
  • Maori Party: $74,409
  • United Future: Nil
  • Mana: 28,374

So National and Greens are well ahead, while Labour is up a bit but their fundraising last term was woeful. They have a lot of work to do this year.

Your 2013

There’s no point in me wishing you anything, because 2013 will end up being what you make of it yourself, alongside things you (and I) can’t do anything about.

Happiness, success and prosperity, and overcoming adversity, none of these things are given with hopes and wishes. Blogs and tweets and status updates today won’t change your future.

The more you strive for what you want, the more you make positive things happen, the luckier you will get.

Shit will happen, how you deal with it and overcome it will determine the degree of impact it will have.

Happiness will only happen if you look for it. And allow it.

We all have worries, the best we can do is minimise worrying about things that don’t really matter, and don’t dwell on things that will probably never eventuate.

Doom and gloom merchants just buy themselves doom and gloom.

Nothing is a given in life, apart from the fact that we are currently lucky to be alive in one of the best parts of the world in the best of times for human civilisation. That is something worth celebrating and cherishing.

Not everything and everyone is good, and they never will be. But if we look for good we will see it. If we do good we will more likely be rewarded.

Our lives will be better if we make the effort to make them better.

2013 will be affected by many things, some of which we have no control over. But it is in our own hands too.

Look for good, and do good, and your 2013 will be better than it otherwise would have been.

2013 is another opportunity to enjoy life and share life.

Your 2013 is up to nature, it is up to country wide and world wide influences, it is up to your community and your family. And it’s up to you.

Ultimately your 2013 will be what you make of it.