New Zealand



Photo courtesy of Christine Valverde

Kia ora! 

Welcome to the Democrats Abroad New Zealand page.  We are the official country committee for American Democrats living in New Zealand.  Here you will find information about our upcoming events across the country and how to contact the DANZ Executive Committee.

Feel free to get in touch with any of us if you have questions, suggestions, or just want to meet up for a cuppa.

Please send press inquiries here.

Don't forget to join DANZ on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @DemsAbroadNZ!


Michael Haught, Chair
Democrats Abroad New Zealand


DA New Zealand Leadership:

Michael Haught
| Chairperson, Democrats Abroad New Zealand
Genice Paullay-Beazley
| Vice Chairperson, Democrats Abroad New Zealand
Dawn Dromgool
| Secretary-Treasurer, Democrats Abroad New Zealand
Christine Valverde
| Voting Representative
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  • News

    Voter Registrationi Movie Nights

    The New Zealand International Film Festival is in full swing, and we're starting voter registration drives at showings of RBG.  We''ll be in Auckland, Wellington, New Plymouth, Dunedin, Tauranga and more!  So, keep an eye out for us when you go to the movies.  Here's a link to a showing of RBG in Wellington.  You can find your city, dates and showtimes there as well.

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    Congratulations to Bette Flagler, our new Vice Chair

    Bette Flagler was born and raised north of Chicago.  She received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her master of science degree from the University of California, Davis.  She worked for approximately 12 years in the San Francisco Bay Area in human fertility and then cast off the dock lines and sailed south, spending just over two years sailing in Mexico and across the Pacific, arriving in New Zealand in October 1999. After traveling around the country for many months, she worked in tourism on the South Island and was a kayak, mountain bike, and tramping guide while developing her science and business writing skills. She now edits and publishes magazines for membership organizations. Bette was one of the organizers for the Women’s March Aotearoa New Zealand.

    Bette lives in Palmerston North with her husband, Steve Maharey, and dog Hazel. They are a political couple – Steve was a Labour MP for 18 years and a senior cabinet minister for nine in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand, holding a wide range of portfolios.

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    Private Home in Fernhill, New Zealand

    Meet and Greet in Queenstown (and Movie Night?)

    That question mark in the title was supposed to be an exclamation point, sorry. - Christine
    It's our first event in Queenstown!  Members Ben Perchik and Sue Conklin are opening their home to fellow DANZ members to get to know each other, discuss current events, what interests each of you and what you would like to do for future events.  If time permits, they'll be showing Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9.
    Coffee and tea will be provided.  If you'd like to bring some snacks, feel free!
    5 Lordens Place is just a short walk from the Lordens Place bus stop. 
    Parking in Lordens Place cul de sac or on Fernhill Rd.  We are on the uphill Lordens Place - 3rd house on the right.