For readers outside New Zealand, it is election time – precisely this coming Saturday 26 November, New Zealanders will be heading for the voting booths and choosing the leadership over the coming three years. Having voted in the last three elections, I’ll be making my way to the local Melbourne office and casting my vote with a deep sigh and a hopeful heart.
This post is about the five parties that are considered “key” players – well, to say all five hold weight is not true, but it makes for an interesting spread. While I won’t be so specific as to declare who I’m voting for, let’s just say that I support organic and biodynamic farming, social justice, ethical projects and environmental causes, and might just place my ticks with the left hand 😉 I’m afraid this post is very kiwi-oriented, though I’ve given a brief interpretation to some of the parties listed for everyone’s entertainment.
The exact question asked was, “What will be the election outcome for each of these parties?” I used the Universal RWS deck for clarity and precision, I didn’t want any ambiguity in the answer. For those unfamiliar with the NZ voting system, it is MMP based, and a party may form a coalition with another party in order to obtain majority of seats in parliament.
Act New Zealand
Some of the slogans of the Act party are “Don’t let the government tax livestock emissions”, “Overhaul the RMA and cut the red tape”, and other pro-business rot that basically places economic interests ahead of environmental protection.
New Zealand clean and green? Please – what a joke. It’s only the small population that has provided the illusion of “green” – the rivers are in a badly declining state due to intensive farming, Auckland smog keeps getting worse every year, not to mention the urban sprawl, terrible state of housing (they’re not called wooden tents for nothing), child abuse and poverty and so on.
So it was to my dismay to see such a glorious combo for this party. Ugh. At present they poll at 0.9% which is minuscule, but then again, Judgement may just be about their Judgement day. So long, farewell…
Green Party of Aotearoa
The Green Party stands for, well, all things green. Currently polling at 10.1%, it is on the rise after the 2008 election in which they received about 7%. The Magician is a great card for manifestation, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually get more than 10%.
Next to the 3 of Pentacles (the card of mastery in work), this combo gives the party a great outcome. I am trying hard not to be biased in making my observations here. 🙂
I did wonder if my own bias is reflected in the cards – because, while The Emperor equals leadership, and together with the King of Pentacles gives Labour a very strong outcome, the reality is that at present they poll at only 29.1% (compared with National’s 54.2% below). This means Labour needs to gain a few more decent percentage points, and then form a coalition with the Greens to obtain a majority in parliament.
National, along with Act, is right-leaning. The key words “pernicious leadership” come to mind, though obviously plenty of New Zealanders voted for them in the last election, displacing Labour and its leader Helen Clark, who went on to continue her brilliant career as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. Well, she resigned from Labour after the last election, and good for her I say.
The public was obviously tempted by the promise of an extra block of cheese a week (the equivalent of tax cut promises), rather than socio-cultural development. This is even more pressing during this election, what with a recession going on, and one of the main reasons National is polling at 54.2% (alongside what I perceive as poor leadership in the Labour Party).
So this two card combo to me shows a fast decline, though, in light of current statistics, I do wonder if that’s just my subconscious showing in the cards. Still, I live in hope, and as we all know, hope dies last… 8 of Wands plus 9 of Swords equals a quick demise, or a nightmare disappointment (fall from grace).
New Zealand First
The Justice card shows NZ First having a role to play in attempting to form an agreement / deal with one of the main parties. With the Queen of Swords next to it, this combo indicates legal agreements and deals.
So, what do the folks back home think? Please share 🙂 I conclude my “analysis” with the gem below. Many blessings to you all.