The Labour Party in New Zealand is suffering a significant drop in support ahead of the upcoming election, with polls showing them heading towards the mid to lower 20s in percentage support. This decline in support is largely due to the economic hardship caused by Jacinda Ardern’s globalist policies, which have led to a technical recession and increased mortgage repayments. Additionally, oppressive environmental regulations, driven by the climate change narrative, are stifling businesses and exacerbating the economic downturn.
A growing awakening among the public is evidenced by the recent Convoy of Courage protest in the capital city, Wellington. The protest forced the organizers of a UN Association of NZ Agenda 20-30 conference to cancel the public gathering and move the conference online. This demonstrates a shifting sentiment towards the government’s approach to governance and policies.
Winston Peters, the leader of the New Zealand First party, is making a comeback after his party was wiped out in the last election. This time, NZ First could hold the balance of power if the National Party leader Christopher Luxon and ACT Party leader David Seymour fail to secure their 61-seat majority. Recent polling shows NZ First surging above 5% to 6%, which could result in the party gaining at least six seats. Luxon and Seymour are not seen as particularly inspiring leaders, leaving Peters with the opportunity to secure significant influence in the upcoming election.
The National Party, led by Luxon, has seen a slight decline in support, dropping 1% to 36% in the polls. The ACT Party, led by Seymour, remains steady at 12%. Together, they would have a total of 60 seats, one short of the 61 needed to form a government. Luxon may need to rely on Peters’ support to secure a governing majority.
The Labour Party, led by Chris Hipkins, has further alienated a significant portion of the population by denying the coercion and forced nature of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine rollout. This denial has fueled concerns about individual freedoms and choice, leading to an erosion of support for the party. Recent polling shows Labour dropping another point to 27%, which would only deliver 34 seats. The Greens, on the other hand, have seen an increase in support, up two points to 12%, which would give them 15 seats. The Maori Party, a potential ally for the left bloc, remains steady at 3% for four seats.
Despite being dismissed by mainstream media and polling companies, NZ First and Peters have been gaining momentum. Peters’ conservative stance, combined with his skepticism towards the neo-Marxist Maori elite and co-governance system, resonates with a growing segment of the population. While NZ First is cautiously projected to gain six seats, Peters’ strong campaigning could lead to a surprise result in the election.
The MMP proportional representation system in New Zealand requires a party to gain 5% of the vote to secure seats in Parliament. This system poses challenges for smaller parties that fail to meet the threshold, as votes for them end up benefiting the major parties. Political observers, like Cam Slater of Reality Check Radio, highlight the importance of strategic voting to avoid wasting votes on parties that are unlikely to meet the threshold. This issue further complicates the landscape for freedom parties, as fracturing the anti-establishment vote can disadvantage them in seat distribution.
Despite the challenges, some freedom candidates are making headway. Helen Houghton of the New Conservatives notes that communities are increasingly coming together to address issues such as educational decline and the infiltration of woke ideology in classrooms. While the mainstream media and main parties may not address these concerns, grassroots movements are gaining momentum, with individuals conducting their own research and engaging in critical thinking. This shift in public discourse may lead to surprising outcomes in the upcoming election.
Overall, New Zealand’s political landscape is undergoing a significant transformation, with declining support for the Labour Party, the potential resurgence of NZ First, and growing dissatisfaction with the government’s policies. The outcome of the election remains uncertain, with the balance of power potentially resting in the hands of minor parties who are fighting against the odds to secure a seat in Parliament.