In the recently concluded New Zealand election, a coalition of freedom parties failed to make a significant impact. The National Party and Act NZ appeared to have gained a slim majority of 61 seats in the 120-seat Kiwi Parliament, leaving the Ardern-Hipkins Labor Party with only 26.9% of the vote.
Despite hopes of influence through supporting the National and Act parties, the populist NZ First party may find it challenging to achieve their desired outcome. This could change, however, if the remaining half million “special votes,” yet to be counted, swing against National-Act.
NZ First managed to secure 6.46% of the vote, resulting in 8 seats. Their seat count was three behind Act, who secured 11 seats, and six behind the Greens, who garnered 14 seats. However, even a coalition of four freedom parties led by activist church leader Brian Tamaki failed to gain traction, receiving a mere 0.31% of the total vote with 7031 votes. The next best performing pro-freedom party was NewZeal, with 12,701 votes, equivalent to 0.56% of the total vote.
NZ Loyal, led by prominent journalist Liz Gunn, fared better, securing 1.15% of the vote. However, their numbers fell short of the anticipated 1 million votes. The highest vote count for a small pro-freedom party was 46,667 (2.07%) for TOP (The Opportunities Party).
The incoming Kiwi Prime Minister is expected to be Christopher Luxon, a corporate leader and the former CEO of Air New Zealand. Like Scott Morrison, Luxon is reported to be an evangelical Christian. However, it is unlikely that Luxon will present significant challenges to globalist agendas, although he does support socially conservative policies like boot camps for delinquent offenders and is not enthusiastic about Maori co-governance.
The Maori Party emerged as a significant competitor, stealing many votes from the Labor Party. They secured 58,949 votes, equivalent to 2.61% of the total vote, and secured four seats. For comprehensive information on the latest results, visit the NZ Herald online site.
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