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

    Sunday, August 09, 2020 at 02:00 PM Wellington Time · 6 rsvps
    Private Residence in Dunedin, New Zealand

    Meet and Greet Coffee and Chat - Dunedin

    Come on out this Sunday, August 9, at 2:00 pm to get to know each other. We'll chat, maybe send some postcards to our representatives in the States, and discuss other things we can do from Dunedin to get out the vote.  

    Sandra McAndrew volunteered her home as the venue but has since become ill.  (Thanks, Sandra, and feel better soon!) Rachel Tombs has offered her flat as the new venue.

    If you need directions or other information, please don't hesitate to ask. 


    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 07:00 PM Wellington Time · 42 rsvps
    The Zoom Room in Raetihi, New Zealand

    Democrats Abroad Is Fighting For Expat Tax Reform - Online Q&A Session

    The United States and the one-party dictatorship of Eritrea are the only nations that use a citizen-based taxation system.


    Please join Carmelan Polce, Chairperson of the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force, for a question and answer session on what Democrats Abroad has been doing about citizenship-based taxation, how your voice can be heard and why it’s even more important than ever to be involved in the 2020 election.


    RSVP for Zoom link and password.