The Politicians were a rock/New Wave/reggae band formed in Tokoroa, New Zealand in March 1981. Originally writing and performing their own songs with such titles as Shift worker,Teacher Teacher, Can't write a love song, Arabian girl, 5 Years time... Two of their singles were played on various NZ television shows, including Shazam and Radio with Pictures. They toured New Zealand for 5 years playing the hotel circuit. When Tim Armstrong left the band in May 1986 he went on to form The Kiwi Bandits. And The Tim Armstrong band. Which played at Zaks nitepub in Hamilton New Zealand. The Politicians continued for almost another 10 years playing resident at Shakes niteclub in Hamilton now known as the Altitude. After their resident gig finished they carried on as a working band and recorded a highly polished album entitled Test Pattern.