The average New Zealander, even many that bothered studying "economics", have not much of a clue at all about the bigger picture, most certainly when it comes to macroeconomics. They rather "micromanage" at their familiar household purse string level, and even run most businesses like that.
I wonder how much of it is tied into middle-class fears of slipping a few rungs on the ladder and landing right next to the proles. Robert Reich's The Truth About the Economy video comes to mind.
Isn’t that precisely what the party is having trouble doing?
That, my friend, is the bitter irony of the whole piece.