from theBFD —
“Jump aboard this waka” is the party line among supporters for what has become New Zealand’s fastest-growing political party.
Advance New Zealand Co-Leader Billy Te Kahika, who is contesting Labour Party Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis’s seat in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate, has already been polled by Colmar Brunton coming in third equal with Winston Peters and Christopher Luxon on 1% in New Zealand’s most preferred Prime Minister poll – an astonishing feat for a movement that is only a few months old.
Indeed, ever since the announcement of the New Zealand Public Party’s alliance under the Advance New Zealand banner at their campaign launch at the Logan Campbell Centre in July, the media menagerie have been trying to make sense of it all.
At a time when cancel culture and social unrest began simmering overseas, everyday New Zealanders began devising their own unique solution to voice their concerns over the blatant mishandling of the health crisis and the erosion of political freedoms.
In typical Kiwi fashion, they did something legendary – they built themselves a waka.
This proverbial waka is a movement which first took wind on the sails of social media, and which gathered support from all corners of the nation – regardless of race, religion, gender or income bracket. Te Kahika, who describes himself as a reluctant politician, soon found himself at the helm of a people’s movement that continued to grow beyond all expectations.
Electoral conditions stipulate that in order to stand for election, a party must secure at least five hundred and fifty registered members. Speaking of the party’s record-shattering momentum, Te Kahika has remarked “Normally, I’m told it can take weeks, it could take months, it could take a year for you to get your five hundred and fifty registered members. We did it in two days.” and that “We average a thousand new members a week since the day that we started. We average one to two hundred new members a day.”
(Needless to say, the Establishment and its Mainstream Media have been quick to pour scorn on Billy TK, labelling him a ‘Maori white supremacist’ among other things. —Eds)