New Zealand First launched its campaign for this year’s general election at Mt. Smart Stadium today.
Leader Winston Peters called the election ‘the most critical in our lifetime’.
Legendary rugby league coach Sir Graeme Lowe spoke briefly before welcoming keynote speaker Peters.
‘New Zealand First is asking for your party vote, to keep the system honest,’ said Peters.
‘New Zealand is at an inflection point, and a change of government is critical. One thing the last three years have proven is that certainty, common sense and experience is critical to good government. The Labour Party has proven an utter mess.
‘New Zealand First is the insurance voters need to avoid an ideological lurch in either direction.’
Peters said the party opposed:
- Three Waters takeover
- The name of the country being changed
- Separatism in policy and in law
- Woke culture
The party supported:
- Policies based on need, not race
- Rule of law
- Free speech
- The right of New Zealanders to disagree with the government, and not be punished for it
‘Over the last three years Labour and its cohorts have taken our country away from us… We’re asking you to join us, and let’s take back our country.’
Peters also took aim at ‘gender content’ in the school curriculum, a practice he promised to stop, calling its proponents an ‘unelected cabal of opinionated virtue-signallers’
‘They have got no authority to do this, they have never asked you, and this election is about stopping them right here, right now.’
The next event on the campaign trail is a public meeting at 1pm at Semenoff Stadium in Whangarei on 30 July.
Winston Peters has launched NZ First’s election campaign with a speech at the Party Convention in Auckland, saying that “it’s the most critical election of our lifetime” and asking voters to “join us, and let’s take back our country.” pic.twitter.com/cZuRV5aVPU
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