A GAGGLE of freedom parties failed to make a dent in the New Zealand election after the National Party and Act NZ appeared to gain a slim majority of 61 seats in the 120 seats in the Kiwi Parliament. The Ardern-Hipkins Labor Party only managed to gain only 26.9% of the vote.
The populist NZ First party may not be able to exercise the influence it had hoped for by giving National and Act the extra seats they would have required for a majority. But this may still be the case if the remaining half million “special votes” yet to be counted swing against National-Act.
NZ First managed to gain 6.46% of the vote, giving them 8 seats, just three behind Act with 11 seats and six behind the Greens with 14 seats. But not even a coalition of four freedom parties run by the activist church leader Brian Tamaki could gain half a per cent of the vote. They only gained 7031 votes or 0.31% of the total vote. Next best was NewZeal with 12,701 votes for 0.56%.
NZ Loyal, led by high profile journalist Liz Gunn, did better, gaining 1.15% of the vote, but miles short of the 1 million votes she reckoned they would win. The highest vote for a small pro-freedom party was 46,667 (2.07%) for TOP (The Opportunities Party),
The new Kiwi Prime Minister will be the corporate kingpin Christopher Luxon, the former CEO of Air New Zealand, who, like Scott Morrison, is said to be an evangelical Christian. Luxon is unlikely to be any sort of thorn in the side of the globalists, although he favours socially conservative policies like boot camps for deliquent offenders and is not keen on Maori co-governance.
The Maori Party stole a lot of votes of Labor, gaining 58,949 for 2.61% and four seats. The latest results can be seen in full at the NZ Herald online site.