I can assure you that New Zealand is a backwater when it comes to this level of Dirty Politics. But it does happen at all levels at a much less intense and involved rate.
At this stage, the left is ahead of the right in its preparedness to push the boundaries, something that the right’s money can still counter for the moment. The right hasn’t yet resorted to break-ins and hacking. But as the next generation of politicians come on board, that will change too.
Politics is dirty and despicable carried out by dirty and despicable people. Don’t assume this isn’t happening in New Zealand, and it won’t progress naturally to the level you have seen in the video.
Only the well funded, the highly skilled and the lucky will survive.