I still find it amazing that people do not know who to vote for.
I knew which side of the fence I was casting my vote on by the time I was 15 years old and have never wavered since.
What fence? It's difficult to discuss the issue without knowing what assumption(s) you are making.
Left or right. Fence in middle.
Many people don't look at it that way. I don't. Many don't classify things using one continuum. Many don't even use continuums or dichotomies.
So what appears to be a simple question for you is a multi-faceted issue for many others. I'd also suggest that even the left-right mode of analysis requires the acknowledgement that there's probably more than one fence. The centrism that appears to be the dominant characteristic of NZ politics is too important to ignore. Likewise, the failure of Act to beat the 5% threshold suggests that there is another fence somewhere near there too. And so on.
No they don't, it's a drastic and dangerous oversimplification to measure parties according to where they sit on the left right spectrum, it's a bit like taking a topic like Chemistry and suggesting it's all either alkaline or acidic. Much more to it than just one spectrum.
If you say so.
Personally I won't ever vote for anyone who wants to put my taxes up or come up with other ways of taking money I earn and giving it to other people. So far I have yet to come across a Left wing party that I was ideologically able to consider as anything but dangerous!