Mainstream media claim no Youth Quake (cough, cough – bullshit)

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Remember all those msm political pundits who claimed there hadn’t been a Youth Quake and that the Left had failed to rouse them to the ballot boxes?

Remember all those msm political pundits who claimed there hadn’t been a Youth Quake and that the Left had failed to rouse them to the ballot boxes?

Mike Hosking: There is no ‘youth quake’

Political Roundup: Youthquake unlikely to shakeup NZ politics

No youthquake, youth tremor needs phenomenal turnout

Winston in box seat as ‘youthquake’ fails to fire

7pm: A hot take on the youthquake

Here’s the final count by the NZ Electoral Commission

It was the late surge of special votes from young voters that put a Labour led Government into serious consideration.

Lesson? Don’t listen to mainstream pundits.

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  1. cs says:

    Good to see the increases. I still feel there is a lot of untapped potential there and Left parties need to be out building that vote Momentum-style today – not six weeks out from the next election.

  2. Aaron says:

    I wouldn’t really call that a youth-quake though – more like a nudge. Enough of a nudge to get Labour over the line though.

    In the interest of fairness though it was the same media who created the term who then turned round and said it didn’t happen

  3. Nitrium Nitrium says:

    Speaking of Mike Hosking, I’m pretty sure I just saw him LITERALLY give the middle finger to the new Government after the piece on them axing the “Three Strikes” rule. Just watch him point his middle finger down on the papers; it’s extraordinarily brazen and VERY deliberate (he never does it that way). I’m recording the the +One episode so I can watch it again and will post it on YouTube – it’s utterly unacceptable.

    • Pete says:

      Have a bit of sympathy. Mike is discombobulated, his world order has been shattered and his disturbed body and mind will be all over the shop for a while. Well, I mean his mind is not new to being all over the shop, but you probably know what I mean.

  4. CLEANGREEN says:

    yes we need to recognise it was the youth that did add to the total that got us over the line, good for them, I am proud of my younger citizens for standing up to rid that evil National adminisration that turned its back on us all for only helping the rich and big bussiness corporates.

    ‘Fuck em’ all, the long the short, and the tall.’

    • patricia bremner says:

      So they voted for a more youthful party and Leader.

      We need to listen and engage right through to the next election.

      We need to recruit them to active membership and involve them in future planning to keep them involved.

  5. Mike the Lefty says:

    The left, particularly the Greens, worked hard to get people (mainly young first time voters) to enrol and vote at the same time.
    These votes would have all been special votes.
    After special votes had been counted the amended results took two seats off National and added one to Labour and the Greens.
    This result largely speaks for itself.
    This policy was a resounding success.
    Calling it a youth quake is just b..s media jingoism.
    It worked and was probably a strong factor in Winston deciding for a centre-left coalition.
    No wonder National and their mouthpieces in the MSM are petulant about it.

  6. Siobhan says:

    If my reading is correct, there were about the same number of Youth Voters (and I’ll make that 18-29 years) as there were voters aged over 70 years.

    So, here’s Labour going up against a fourth term National Government, they are targeting Youth…and still we get just as many voters turning up on election day in Retirement Home mini vans.

    Thats not a Youth quake.

    And ironically, it was the msm that claimed there was a youth quake to start with, so what are you saying here exactly?

  7. Michelle says:

    Yes my sister and I helped to increase the Maori vote we rallied our immediate whanau we sent emails made many phone calls and then we wrote a list of our extended whanau that we know don’t normally vote. We either took them to the special vote sites or we arranged for them to get there. I spoke to some of our local beggars and told them it was important for them to vote and then I checked on them to see if they had voted. I didn’t tell them who to vote for they knew one of the 3 parties that are now in power. I stood on several busy roadsides for 6 hours the day before the election at different sites in the Hutt valley with my sign asking people to vote for change. By the end of the day my hands and feet were sore but I was motivated by what could happen if we had another 3 yrs of the status quo.
    I received many toots and only 4 one figure salutes and 3 nods of the head indicating no, this motivated me even more. And I can now say it was all worth it. Many of the people my sister and I persuaded to vote were special votes so we were very happy when we saw the extra 2 seats.