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

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 07:00 PM · 65 rsvps
    Online Only in Auckland, New Zealand

    Virtual Dinner Party and AGM


    What’s up with the rise of the far-right? How come there has been a re-emergence of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia? How will COVID-19 affect the US and New Zealand elections? Join the discussion. DANZ is proud to present our annual meeting in a Virtual Dinner Party format with a very special guest speaker, where we can learn more about what lies ahead, ask those important questions on your mind, and find out how you can get involved.



    What: DANZ Virtual Dinner Party & AGM

    When: 21 April 2020; 7pm

    Where: Wherever you want!

    How: We’ll send you a URL that will take you right to the party. (It’ll be like having a sober driver.)

    What do you need to supply?

    Your own dinner and drinks, some kind of device, and a good internet connection.


    Please RSVP by 15 April (that auspicious day)

    And please stay healthy out there!


    Stay Safe!

    Due to the measures to contain COVID-19, we don’t want to encourage get togethers for this event. By running the event virtually, we can help keep each other safe. We will send out another email closer to the date to help you log in and attend the meeting.


    Who will be talking?

    Massey University Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley is a sociologist who is working on a book about the far right and its rise and rise, especially ultra-nationalists and white supremacists and the re-emergence of anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia.


    Following the talk, we’ll be treated to a conversation between Paul and fellow sociologist Steve Maharey. Steve is an Independent Director who previously was the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University and before that a Senior Minister in the New Zealand Government. Among Steve’s areas of interest are politics, social change and social policy. Then we’ll throw the floor open for your questions.


    After that, we’ll have a quick and efficient annual general meeting to talk about our upcoming 2020 activities, such as Get Out the Vote, CallHub, Vote from Abroad, and how you can get involved. We hope to see you there (virtually)!