Was New Zealand’s election rigged by foreign powers?

There are big and concerning questions about the use of Facebook to gather hundreds of millions of personality profiles, and then to target those people with “rumour, disinformation and fake news” to influence elections – with Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency in the US, the UK’s Brexit vote, and others. What about the UK general election? France? Germany? Canada?

See Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and the data war.

What about New Zealand? Our election last year was probably mostly influenced by a chain of events, locally derived.

It was always going to be difficult for National to hold on for a fourth term in power, especially given the lack of support parties – a situation that had been evolving for many years.

It would be far fetched to think that Metiria Turei was brainwashed to self destruct and nearly drag the greens down with her.

It would be far fetched to think that Andrew Little was brainwashed to step down as Labour leader less than two months before the election..

It would be far fetched to think that Jacinda Ardern and her sudden rise were influenced by foreign powers – she and her media managers have been working on being ready for an opportunity for some time.

It wouldn’t be so far fetched to think that New Zealand journalists have been targeted and influenced, given their embrace of social media like Twitter and Facebook.

It wouldn’t be so far fetched that Winston Peters has been influenced to suddenly promote a trade agreement with Russia when has been generally strongly opposed to trade agreements.

The personality profile targeting of mass voters seems feasible, and worrying.

It would be far simpler to personality profile individual politicians and to target them.

Of course I don’t think I have been influenced by profilers and manipulators at all [- that’s just something that everyone else could be susceptible to.

16 Comments

  1. sorethumb

     /  March 19, 2018

    RNZ’s A Slice of Heaven – Immigration. Was an attempt by the illuminati to influence the election as was Nigel Latta’s Hard Stuff – The New (Improved) New Zealand.

  2. Blazer

     /  March 19, 2018

    Its quite probable.Apparantly the Monster Raving Loony Party had operatives here on the ground prior to the…election.

  3. PartisanZ

     /  March 19, 2018

    I had a distinct feeling of election rigging when [(%#@!%%^&*] Max Harris used [((^&&%$##@] Action Station to push his and their “strategic voting” message … cutting TOP out of the Parties “likely to enter Parliament” …

    … at the height of TOPs growing popularity and when so many of TOPs policies aligned with Action Station philosophy …

    No reason to think there WASN’T some ‘data war’ activities …

    • PDB

       /  March 19, 2018

      … at the height of TOPs growing popularity Gareth would open his mouth and inevitably say something stupid.

      • PartisanZ

         /  March 19, 2018

        Yeah but Gareth’s personality, provocations, political naivety, bluntness and sometimes inappropriateness weren’t products of ‘data wars’ or “rumour, disinformation and fake news” PDB …

        Although sometimes his pronouncements and policies were the recipients and victims of “rumour, disinformation and fake news” …

  4. Peters isn’t an ‘alien influence’

    • Poor Winnie wouldn’t have a clue about influencing via Social Media and he was the key figure in appointing the lesser party to governance.

  5. alloytoo

     /  March 19, 2018

    There is a very strong argument that DOTCOM’s 2014 “Moment of Truth” was an attempt to manipulate the 2014 election, not only by DOTCOM, but also by the world’s left leaning Social Justice Warriors.

    Funny how no one commented on that infringement on our sovereignty at the time.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  March 19, 2018

      As I recall there was plenty of coverage at the time for that particular bit of nonsense.

      But there were no killer punches landed on Key. Neither was any conclusive evidence revealed proving Key knew about Dotcom well in advance of the Coatesville raid. Even the email that was flicked to the Herald as positive proof that Key was involved in a Hollywood plot to spirit Dotcom to the US, was quickly dismissed by Warners as a fake.

      The mass surveillance issue was always a red herring, Greenwald and Snowden presented no concrete evidence of privacy breaches, Assange was a sideshow….

      The whole thing was a fizzer before it ever got off the ground. Much like Nunes’ memo

      • alloytoo

         /  March 19, 2018

        My point being that the people bitching about TPPA seemed quite happy to sacrifice their sovereignty to DOTCOM et al.

  6. Patzcuaro

     /  March 19, 2018

    I’m sure that all the super powers devote a massive amount of resources to influencing the outcome of NZ elections. The world hangs on every utterance of our PM.

    • Gezza

       /  March 19, 2018

      They sat up & took notice of our last one. Well, John Oliver did.
      Jacinda’s made a few international headlines. Plus Vogue.
      Now she’s getting attention in Russia & Britain.

    • PartisanZ

       /  March 19, 2018

      @Patscuaro – “I’m sure that all the super powers devote a massive amount of resources to influencing the outcome of NZ elections.”

      Perhaps not a massive amount but certainly some considerable amount IMHO, and perhaps massive relative to some other things and not massive compared to others …. like … not massive compared to the US defence budget but perhaps partially a tiny component of it …

      I reckon corporate-capitalist-power elites are interested in New Zealand staying in Five Eyes Global ‘Free Market’ Neo-Feudal ‘Democracy’ mode to the tune of many millions of unearned income, unpaid wages, tax avoidance and misappropriated public money …

  7. Ray

     /  March 19, 2018

    Well if I was going to have an effect on NZ elections I wouldn’t waste much time on the electorate, rather the one man who controlled a Party that could tip it one way or the other and who might end up as a senior minister with some past that suggested he could be swayed, would be worth my time and money.

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