WIN Party

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About WIN Party

The WIN Party was a small political party in New Zealand. It was founded by a group of publicans and bar-owners who objected to the government's ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, introduced in December 2004 its leader was Nav Karan Parmar who was an owner of a bar himself. WIN's slogan was "Freedom of Choice", and the party said that it was fighting a growing trend in which "the average Kiwi ... is being told more and more what they can and can't do". According to the party's leaders, opposition to the smoking ban was the party's primary campaign plank, but other related issues were also given attention. WIN's leader was John van Buren, a publican from the Banks Peninsula area. Geoff Mulvihill, a publican from Timaru, was the deputy leader. Both van Buren and Mulvihill have been accused by the Ministry of Health of not enforcing the smoking ban, as required by law. Mulvihill is known for supporting freedom of choice for his patrons, having once lost his liquor license for operating around the clock prior to the legislation of 24 hour trading. The party had been given official registration, but chose not to field candidates in the 2005 elections. Instead, it endorsed the

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