Social Credit has confirmed Whangarei businessman Chris Leitch as its candidate for the Whangarei electorate at this
year’s general election.Chris Leitch
He is the party leader and was its Whangarei candidate last election and in 2014.
In an address at his confirmation Mr Leitch said ‘It is now widely acknowledged that the economic ideas of the Social
Credit Party have become closer to the mainstream as a result of the response to the coronavirus pandemic”.
“Previous taboos on economic management have been swept away, with the use of the Reserve Bank to support the economy
“It is creating $60 billion for its quantitative easing programme – something that most people thought was not
“That puts Social Credit’s just released $20 billion economic policy programme for this year’s general election into
“It is widely accepted that as the country moves out of the Covid-19 period, a new economic direction is required to
support thousands of unemployed, rebuild business, lift people on low incomes out of poverty, address inadequate
housing, develop secondary industry and more self sufficiency, move primary producers towards regenerative farming, and
protect and enhance the environment”.
“That programme would include Northland in a major way”.
“Northland had been neglected by successive governments because they saw the region as three safe seats”.
“They chose personable candidates who were good at helping little old ladies across the road and kissing babies, but did
little for the region”, he said.
“They left us with the worst roads in the country, the highest unemployment, the highest crime rate, and a regional
economy that would collapse if it wasn’t for the money earned by drug dealers”.
“The last time any Government did anything significant to benefit the region was when it looked like National would lose
the Northland seat in a by-election. That saw a flurry of activity with money being poured in for roading projects”, he
Mr Leitch is a former chairman of the Whangarei Youth Centre and Onerahi Primary School Board, and the principal of
Northlands biggest dance centre.The key features of the $20 billion programme are:-
- A maximum payment of $20 for all GP and dentist visits
- No tax on the first $20,000 of income, and only 20% tax on the next $20,000
- No fares on all urban public transport
- A “Child Dividend’ of $30 per week for all children under 18
- A guaranteed minimum income for all low income earners
- A rent-to-own public housing programme
- Grants for relocation to lower cost parts of the country
- $4.6 billion for environmental, pest free, and energy initiatives
This programme is additional to existing government expenditure which was funded from tax revenue in the budget.
Infrastructure developments which were to be funded from borrowing or using private sector capital will instead be
funded from the saving in interest (approximately $5 billion) on existing government bonds the Reserve Bank will