Face of the Day


It appears that wily old Winston Peters is partly responsible for the demise of the Labour party.

New Zealand First’s strong election result appears to have come at the expense of the Labour Party, preliminary results show.

Winston Peters’ party increased its vote more than any other on Saturday, jumping to 8.85 per cent from 6.59 per cent in 2011. 

It performed best in its traditional strongholds in the Bay of Plenty, Whangarei and Northland, where it polled close to 15 per cent.

Many expected that the Conservative Party would be the greatest rival for New Zealand First’s vote.

Mr Peters regularly attacked the Colin Craig-led party, accusing him of stealing New Zealand First’s policies and telling the public that a vote for the Conservative Party was a wasted one.

However, both Conservatives and New Zealand First increased their share of the party vote in Saturday’s general election as New Zealand voters shifted their allegiance further to the right of the spectrum.

New Zealand First appeared to gain most of its new votes from ex-Labour voters, especially in rural areas and in the Bay of Plenty.

In a number of electorates a 2 or 3-point drop in support for Labour coincided with a similar increase for New Zealand First.

Mr Peters’ campaign strategy was to focus solely on the party vote.

The Labour party will join other is wishing for several cold, hard winters and a particularly virulent strain of the flu for the next couple of years.


– NZ Herald

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