Nigel Farage announces NZ show

Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage. Photo credit: Getty

Nigel Farage, former leader of the pro-Brexit political party UKIP, is coming to New Zealand.

He will be speaking at Auckland's SkyCity on September 4.

In a release on Friday morning, promoter Markson Sparks called Mr Farage "the most important British politician of the last decade" and the "world's most charismatic politician".

"As leader of the UKIP he was the driving force behind the successful Brexit campaign of 2016, brought about the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and changed the world of politics as we now know it," the announcement said, including a few words from "Mr Brexit" himself.

"Never in the history of Western civilisation has the fight for democracy, individual liberties and free speech been more important. So I come to you from the UK with a message of hope and optimism - that if the man or woman in the street, the average Joe or Jane is prepared to stand up and be counted, and push back against the political elite and the media establishment, they can take back their democracy and, ultimately, their country."

Mr Farage quit as leader of UKIP after the UK voted to leave the European Union in mid-2016. Since then, the pro-Brexit campaign has been accused of breaking spending rules and getting help from Russia's notorious troll farm, the Internet Research Agency. In June last year, the Guardian reported he was a "person of interest" in the ongoing investigation into US President Donald Trump's links to Russia.

Mr Farage's New Zealand visit comes in the middle of his Australian tour. He starts in Perth on September 2, then heads to Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Tickets to the event, An Entertaining Evening With Nigel Farage, start at $49, and are available from nigellive.com.au.

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