Waatea News Column: Maori Party, Labour & Greens ran the most positive & honest social media election campaigns


Interesting academic data from Victoria University on how the different political parties used social media this election.

During the 2020 general election campaign, the New Zealand Social Media Study (NZSMS) harvested more than 3,000 Facebook posts from Labour, National, New Zealand First, the Greens, ACT, the Māori Party, The Opportunities Party (TOP), Advance New Zealand (which also includes the New Zealand Public Party), the New Conservatives, and their leaders.

The fascinating insights were that Advance NZ spread the most disinformation, whereas Labour posted the most content, surprisingly followed by The Māori Party, but what was interesting was the tone of the posts and what that might mean for elections.

The New Zealand Social Media Study (NZSMS) found that “Labour’s posts remain strongly positive throughout the campaign, while National’s ratio starts positive but becomes less so as the campaign progresses, following Judith Collins into almost negative territory by the last few days. Informed by repeated polling showing they were making no ground, the National Party and its leader were becoming increasingly desperate and tried to attack wherever they saw a chance.”

ACT posted negatively whereas the Greens and Maori Party stayed positive. Disinformation occurred most on the New Conservatives and Advance NZ.

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To date, we have been wary of social media for its disinformation and manipulation power, but this research suggests that positivity and truthfulness actually helped Labour, the Greens and the Māori Party at the ballot box.

First published on Waatea News.


  1. It warms my heart that the bumbling morons that stumble down stairs and obstuct doorways becus they’re obsessed with looking at their phones 24/7, were either engaged in or absorbing positivety. Then when I pushed them over or kicked the back of their knees, my negetivity cancelled out their positivity and natural balance was restored to the Universe.

    “Just got kicked in the knee after liking Jacinda’s post about vegan shoes. Should I persue this macro aggressor? Like if it happens lulz #youtoo #sexylegs #veganshoes”

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