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

    Wednesday, November 04, 2020 at 03:00 PM Wellington Time · 11 rsvps
    Muskets and Moonshine in Queenstown, New Zealand

    Election "Night" Watch Party - Queenstown

    The first election watch party for 2020 has been arranged, and it is in Queenstown! We hope you can join us on November 4 at 3:00 pm at Muskets and Moonshine on Brecon Street to watch the returns roll in. We're starting at 3 pm and will probably be there until the place closes. ;)

    Thank you, especially, to Bill Kaye-Blake for arranging the watch party at this great venue. If you’re thinking of having a meal while you’re there, you can check out their menu online at

    Hope to see you there!

    And don't worry. We'll be sending a reminder email or two before the day.

    Wednesday, November 04, 2020 at 03:00 PM Wellington Time · 66 rsvps
    The Green Man Pub in Wellington, New Zealand

    Election "Night" Watch Party - Wellington

    Join us at The Green Man Pub on 04 November to watch the election results roll in. We'll be there starting at 3 pm and going until they kick us out. ;) It may or may not be a coincidence that, according to their website, Wednesdays are Wine Club and $1 wings nights. You might also find a drink or two specially named for the night.

    Special thanks to Amanda Claire Richards and the rest of the Welly team for arranging this get-together for Wellington members. 

    For The Green Man's menu and specials, check out their website.

    And don't worry. We will be sending reminders closer to the date.