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New Zealand Rejects Tyrannical Labor Party, Elects Conservative PM, Government

New Zealand Rejects Tyrannical Labor Party, Elects Conservative PM, Government

PM-elect Christopher Luxon: “Thank you so much and thank you New Zealand … you have reached for hope and you have voted for change”

Most of us were shocked and horrified by the covid tyranny that took place in New Zealand: total nationwide lockdowns sparked by a single case, devotion to completely lunatic “zero covid” policies, and hysterical reactions to the short-lived protests against covid restrictions like the trucker “freedom convoys.”

Their lockdown-crazy, authoritarian PM Jacinda Ardern, who resigned her post in January of this year, shared her views on free speech (spoiler: it’s a weapon of war).

If Saturday’s elections were any indication, the people of New Zealand are fed all the way up with leftist government. And I do mean all the way up, the numbers are quite staggering.

UPI reports:

With 99% of the vote counted, the National Party had garnered 39% of the vote, while Labor managed only 27% after getting 50% in the previous election. The Green Party, meanwhile, nabbed 11% and the small-government, libertarian ACT Party collected 9%.

The National Party will forge a governing coalition with the ACT Party, which between them total 61 seats, the barest possible margin to govern in New Zealand.

And you just have to get a load of CNN’s fawning, gushing “report” on Ardern.

A progressive global icon, Ardern’s time in power was defined by multiple crises, including the Christchurch terrorist attack, a deadly volcanic explosion, and a global pandemic.

Overseas she became famous for being a leader unafraid to show empathy and compassion at a time when populist demagogues were coming to the fore in many other western democracies.

But back home her popularity ebbed amid a rising cost of living, housing shortages and economic anxiety. And she faced violent anti-lockdown protests in the capital Wellington, with threats made against her.

Surreal, right? This is their “news” page, too.

Anyway, New Zealand is happy to see the back of her and is eager for new leadership.

The New Zealand Herald reports:

Prime Minister-in waiting Christopher Luxon says he is confident National and Act can govern alone and they now have a mandate to take the country forward.

“Thank you so much and thank you New Zealand … you have reached for hope and you have voted for change,” the National leader told supporters, prompting loud cheers.

“I am immensely proud to say that on the numbers tonight, National will be able to lead the next government,” he said

“My pledge to you is that our government will deliver for every New Zealander.”

As always, people have thoughts.


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I had heard ‘landslide’ and ‘devastating’ and ‘bloodbath’, but nobody else seemed to have the actual numbers.

From 50% to 27% in one election cycle.

That’s insane.

    henrybowman in reply to Olinser. | October 14, 2023 at 8:18 pm

    You would think that with a doddering, brain-dead, Wreck-It-Ralph in the White House, we could do the same here, but… nooooooooooooo. They must still have real elections in New Zealand.

    leoamery in reply to Olinser. | October 15, 2023 at 8:42 am

    Here you are:

    Note that the Green maniacs went from 9 to 14 seats. Dismaying.

    Even more dismaying is that even with the National and ACT parties in coalition they still only have 61 of 122 seats, meaning they will have to suck up to the Maori or NZSFirst parties to have even a razor thin majority. Ask Jim Callaghan of the 1976-79 British Labour govt how well that works.

    Then ask yourselves why, after 6 years of the Labour govt bashing its citizens with the club, they remain so close to power.. Answer: splinter parties.

    This should be—but won’t—be a warning to all the third party imbeciles in the US.

      Milhouse in reply to leoamery. | October 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      Completely different situation; NZ has proportional representation, so the small parties get only the share of power they actually deserve, and can’t just siphon away votes from the major parties and throw them in the garbage, as they can in a first-past-the-post election.

      Also, it’s only the existence of ACT that keeps the Nats somewhat to the right. Before ACT came along the National Party was about as statist as Labour. ACT actually broke away from Labour, not the Nats; the only home lovers of liberty could find was ironically in Labour, and from within a Labour government they managed to move NZ significantly to the right, before the socialists finally noticed what they were doing and kicked them out. Only then did the Nats wake up and move over to the right. And it’s only the need to keep ACT happy that keeps the Nats from straying again.

    Dimsdale in reply to Olinser. | October 15, 2023 at 9:30 am

    Let the pendulum swing, and swing hard, crushing the Marxists before it.

The liberals no doubt tried to cheat. So, the fact that they lost is doubly impressive.

    Milhouse in reply to paul1. | October 14, 2023 at 11:44 pm

    No, to the best of my knowledge the NZ Labour Party, unlike the US Democrat Party (or some local organizations within the Australian Labor Party) have no tradition of election fraud.

      Dimsdale in reply to Milhouse. | October 15, 2023 at 9:32 am

      So now we have a “tradition of election fraud?”


        CommoChief in reply to Dimsdale. | October 15, 2023 at 9:54 am

        Yeah we do. Used to be mostly locally run with old school d/prog machine handing out a little ‘walking around $’ and 1/5 Whisky bottles for at least that’s what went on down South. I suspect the same or similar in Northern urban precincts though the various ‘ethnic’ voting blocs; Irish, Italian, Poles, Jews and so on played a larger role up there similar to the Identity politics the leftists still use to divide and demonize.

        TheOldZombie in reply to Dimsdale. | October 15, 2023 at 2:24 pm


        Go back through American history. We like to brag about free and fair elections but the reality is we are some of the biggest vote stealing frauds on the planet. Especially if it’s a Democrat running for office. (they even steal elections from each other)

        Heck in the Presidential Election of 1876 we came very close to a second Civil War because of the fraud.

        Lyndon Johnson was famous for Ballot Box 13. Kennedy stole the 1960 election thanks to Chicago. Look at 2020…

        Yes. America has a tradition of election fraud.

        Milhouse in reply to Dimsdale. | October 15, 2023 at 3:33 pm

        The Democrats do, yes. They’ve been doing it for well over a century, and they’re experts at it.

Very glad to see a country eject such totalitarian insanity, Hopefully these “conservatives” aren’t just like the people they replace

does this also mean aborigine’s won’t get veto power?

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to geronl. | October 14, 2023 at 9:04 pm

    I believe that the veto power question referred to Australian aborigines and not the New Zealand Maori’s.

    Subotai Bahadur

      Oops, yes. Australia voted too and did the right thing

      They weren’t going to get veto power anyway. The “voice” was only going to be an advisory board. Which is part of why the whole thing deserved to be defeated. Not only did it create unnecessary division, it was pure theater. Virtue signaling, to use a more up-to-date expression. A case could be made for giving Aborigines an actual say in Parliament; maybe not a good case, but a case nonetheless. No case could be made for giving them a “voice” that was to be utterly without any power at all.

Subotai Bahadur | October 14, 2023 at 8:59 pm

While I am very happy for New Zealanders, there are some things to keep in mind.

First, the non-Leftist coalition only has a one vote majority and therefore is only one life, or one bribe, away from a new election being forced.

Second, New Zealand’s Labour Party, led by Jacinda Ardern who was enthusiastically followed by the entire Labour Party, are apparently not too worried by what we would consider basic freedoms and consent of the governed issues.

Third, to a Leftist, power over-rides everything.

Subotai Bahadur

    First, the non-Leftist coalition only has a one vote majority and therefore is only one life, or one bribe, away from a new election being forced.

    It’s not as bad as that. Winston Peters is back, with 8 seats; his background is with the Nats, and whatever you can say about his politics, he’s not a leftist. Had the Nats’ victory been smaller they would have brought him into a coalition; now they don’t need him because they can govern with just ACT on their side, but he will provide them with a cushion from outside the government, probably voting with them on most issues, and will probably prop them up should push ever come to shove.

      TheOldZombie in reply to Milhouse. | October 15, 2023 at 2:30 pm

      Yep. As long as they keep him happy with some “red meat” from time to time it shouldn’t be too hard to get his help when needed.

I toured NZ on a bike Jan, 1990. People were very friendly. I was invited to tea at peoples homes a dozen times. Distinct and solid undercurrent of mild leftism. Drank a lot at pubs. Friendly queries about Reagan being senile etc. Maori men were open, friendly and generally built like linebackers. Also happened to be in Arrowtown and QEII walked down the street not 15 feet away from me. So, there’s that. Fished once. No joy. West coast, south island was very rural and wild.

I heard it’s changed a lot since the movie and tourism skyrocketed. Be careful what you wish for.

    mailman in reply to Tiki. | October 15, 2023 at 4:11 am

    It’s just very expensive now. The people are still beautiful but it does help if you’re wealthy to be able to afford the cost of living there.

    alaskabob in reply to Tiki. | October 15, 2023 at 1:40 pm

    I visited NZ in 1980 when the place had the look and feel of the 1930’s Depression USA. They turned away from socialism and the country boomed… but with success comes the call to “spread the wealth”… so the expected leftward lurch happened. Hard lessions forgotten, but the damage done is not fully reversible.

    The people were very friendly as in Australia back then…..

      Milhouse in reply to alaskabob. | October 15, 2023 at 3:36 pm

      Note that the socialism you saw in 1980 was from a National government! Ironically it was the Labor government that took over in the early ’80s that turned away from socialism! And when the socialists noticed what had happened, it was the right-wingers in Labour who had pulled off that miracle who left and founded ACT.

“The people are in revolt”. Indeed, as well they should be, both down under and here in the USA. I don’t know enough of NZ’s government to know if they have a deep state/democrat/media/institutional alliance like we have here that operates to both brainwash and cheat simultaneously. Good news for the Kiwis, but not all that optimistic that it predicts anything here.

    Yes, there are state TV channels as well as heavy involvement in “private media” by the government.

    gonzotx in reply to jimincalif. | October 15, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    At least they are clawing their way back to New Zealand First and the PM is a President Trump supporter

    It’s a beginning, hopefully the beginning of the end

      Milhouse in reply to gonzotx. | October 15, 2023 at 3:38 pm

      No, NZ First is Winston Peters, and while he is indeed back from oblivion he won’t be in the government because they won’t need him.

Ding dong! But no house falling on her.

Ardern spelled three different ways in one article!!

27% voted for Labour. That’s close to the 25% who always get the wrong answer on every question.

Now at Harvard, that bastion of free speech!

CNN: “And she faced violent anti-lockdown protests”
True, but the violence in the anti-lockdown protests was the police firing on unarmed protesters.

“Ardean declared free speech as a virtual weapon of the war. She remains the “empathetic” face of raw censorship and intolerance. She is now the virtual ambassador-at-large for global speech criminalization.”

Great. So in accordance with that statement she is about to shut up right? Because anything else must be an act of war by her own words.

Oh, it’s only people saying things she doesn’t agree with that must shut up? That the elite get to censor the rest of us. Gotcha.

Maori protest against lockdowns in the way only Maori can do it..

E Howard Hunt | October 15, 2023 at 8:07 am

A crazy woman overcompensating for being ugly. Had she had her overbite fixed and her ears pinned back she might have retained her sanity.

Big congratulations to New Zealand voters for showing the rest of us how it’s DONE! Thanks for reporting this, Ms. Slippers.

Fingers crossed this election in NZ is a foreshadowing of the US election as the Brexit vote in the UK was.

Interested Party | October 15, 2023 at 5:28 pm

It’s my time to shine:
So, our election is very different to the US so I’ll start with the basics:
We have MMP so for the most part we vote for a party, not a person.
The total number of party votes determine how many seats you get. You need 5% or at least 1 of the 72 electorates to get any seats (if you don’t your votes get effectively removed from the calculation).
You have a list of MPs and the more party votes you get, the more people you get from that list. However, electorate MPs go first so anyone who wins an electorate is guaranteed to get in, then the List MPs take the rest of the seats. If you get more electorate MPs than your party vote, you create an overhang (important) where MPs are added to Parliament (there should be 120 but overhangs can mean 121 etc).

Now, the results:
National (basically non-insane Democrats with some Social Conservatism thrown in) + ACT (Libertarians) have 61 seats so they currently have enough votes to govern. HOWEVER, there are still 500,000 special votes to count (people who enrolled at the last minute or voted from outside their electorate including living overseas). These usually give the Greens an extra seat AND sometimes Labour as well. This means usually Winston Peters from NZ First will be needed (think populist Politician who says whatever is needed to get power but has no integrity whatsoever) to govern.
HOWEVER, Labour locked a whole bunch of Kiwis out of their own country and they were very angry so the Special votes may be different this time.
There are nine electorates with a margin less than 1,000 votes that may change. Mostly currently held by National.
This is important because most of Labour’s craziest candidates are on the list so the more of these electorates tip, the less of their list crazies that get in.
HOWEVER, two Maori seats (race based insanity) are currently held by Labour with a majority less than 500 votes. If they switch to the Maori Party (who with only 2.5% of the vote and 4 electorates currently have created a 1 seat overhang), they will increase the overhang for every seat they flip (yes the Maori seats are stupidly dangerous).
One more HOWEVER. An ACT electorate candidate died during the 2 week election period. Because of this, Port Waikato (a National stronghold) only counted party vote and will hold a bi-election in November for the electorate seat which will ADD another overhang seat (so, to 122 at the moment, requiring 62 majority but will add 1 to National’s total as well – offers protection from Maori getting a +1 overhang though).

So, it’s a good result but Winston Peters is an utterly selfish wildcard who could go anywhere.

Also, while we don’t seem to have any election fraud (there are basically no controls so it’s basically unprovable), the media bias was at an unprecedented level leading up to the election (the Labour Government had spent over 100mil on bribes to the media in the last 3 years).
The Right was attacked and made out to be useless and untrustworthy and splintered yet the Left wasn’t even questioned.

Still. I’m happy today.

    Thanks for the NZ view. The win seems precarious and fragile. Not matter where we turn, media are the enemy.

    Hope springs eternal.

      Interested Party in reply to Tiki. | October 15, 2023 at 8:00 pm

      Hi Tiki, not really fragile. Including NZFirst, it’s 69 vs 52 (so an absolute hiding really). It’s just that NZ First is the party that gave us Jacinda last time so it’s not smart to trust them. Luckily, Labour have insulted Winston Peters repeatedly in the lead up to the election and he’s a small man who loves utu (Maori for revenge).