The Co-Leaders of Advance NZ, Jami-Lee Ross and Billy Te Kahika, say the decision by the High Court today is another example of the media stacking the deck against democracy.
“Today’s High Court decision is disappointing for us as a political party, but more disappointing for all the people out there that deserve to hear a range of ideas and perspectives in the lead up to the election,” says Mr Ross.
“The High Court has just helped MediaWorks stack the deck even further against democracy.
“We took this case because we believe in free speech.
“We also took this case because we know hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders are asking for a new direction that isn’t the same old tired Labour and National path.
“MediaWorks decision to exclude any political party formed after the last election shows their bias in favour of the establishment.
“Their decision is undemocratic and means two parties with the same level of poll result are included in the debate, when Advance NZ is not.
“Advance NZ does stand a real prospect of election this year, with Billy Te Kahika in a strong position to win in Te Tai Tokerau.
“Voters deserve to see just how well he matches up against politicians from the other parties set to enter Parliament.
“Right now there’s a far higher likelihood of Advance NZ entering Parliament than NZ First or the Maori Party.
“We will keep campaigning hard, and use the peoples voice on the ground and via social media.
“We will keep bypassing the media bias that continues to prevail in elections.
“We thank the Court for hearing this case, although we respectfully disagree with the Court’s conclusions.”