Hone Harawira

Harawira hired child sex offender with taxpayer money

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And you thought the election was ugly…

As Northland faces its latest high-profile sex case, 3 News can reveal the alleged offender had been working for Hone Harawira and paid by the taxpayer.

Leaked Parliamentary documents show he’s one of three men hired by Mr Harawira who have either been convicted of, or ended up accused of sexual offence charges.

Patrick Rivers, who goes by the name Mangu Awarau, is one of Mr Harawira’s closest friends. He was part of the Internet Mana campaign and spoke at Mr Harawira’s election night function, just days after being charged with raping a girl younger than the age of 12.

“There he was on election night standing as the pillar of society giving a mihi, and yet everybody there – the whole community knew – a couple of weeks in advance that he was facing these charges,” says Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis.

Awarau has pleaded not guilty to three sex offences.

Full credit for those that were in the know not to chuck this into the election.  They did the right thing.   But now, it’s also out for further scrutiny.  This is also the right thing.

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Te Tai Tokerau won out West not in North

Hone Harawira sold out his principles and his party, and if that wasn’t enough he concentrated his campaign up north.

But new figures reveal that he should have looked to West Auckland to secure his votes.

Auckland voters played a big role in kicking Mana leader Hone Harawira out of Parliament, new statistics show.

The newly published Electoral Commission data revealed that Labour’s Kelvin Davis heavily defeated Mr Harawira in polling booths in Kelston, North Shore, Te Atatu and other Auckland spots.

In all, Mr Davis claimed 711 more votes than Mr Harawira in the Auckland polling booths, giving him a huge boost in the marginal seat.

His overall majority in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate was 743 votes.

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Hone gets his beans, again

Hone Harawira is a sucker for punishment.

His judge supervised re-count has put him in a worse position than when he started.

The number of votes for Mana leader Hone Harawira has been cut by two after a recount in the Te Tai Tokerau seat.

The Electoral Commission released the results of the recount this afternoon, reporting “minor variations” to the official result published on Saturday.

Votes for Labour’s Kelvin Davis rose from 9710 to 9712, and Mr Harawira’s votes fell from 8971 to 8969. Read more »

One of our biggest racists calls the Electoral Commission racist

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Hone Harawira is a sore loser.

After daring to call European’s “white mother-f*ckers” he now has declared that the Electoral Commission is racist.

Hone Harawira claims as many as 1000 votes in Te Tai Tokerau may have been wrongly discarded.

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Harawira attempting to make illegitimate votes legit

Hone Harawira has requested a recount in Te Tai Tokerau.

The fight isn’t over for former Mana MP Hone Harawira – he’s applying for a recount in Te Tai Tokerau after he failed to win the seat.

The Mana Movement filed a petition in the Kaitaia District Court today calling for the recount.

The seat was won by Labour’s Kelvin Davis, forcing Mr Harawira and his party out of parliament.

Mr Davis won the seat by 739 votes.

But Mana General Secretary Gerard Hehir told ONE News the party is concerned about the number of special and advanced votes that weren’t counted or were discarded due to their enrolment status.

He believes there are about 1000 votes that there may be problems with and that’s why he wants a Judge to take a look at it.

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A risk worth taking?

When his loss first became apparent Hone Harawira went silent.

Now he says that the whole Internet Mana sellout that he was a party to was a “risk worth taking”.

Hone Harawira says he doesn’t regret his alliance with Kim Dotcom and hasn’t ruled out working with the Internet Party again.

There’s been intense speculation that the Mana Party leader lost his Te Tai Tokerau electorate seat in the recent election due to his connection with the internet mogul and his Internet Party.

However, the Mana Party Leader says that the group needed something to boost their political influence and took a gamble in aligning itself with Mr Dotcom’s Internet Party.

“Was it a risk worth taking? – absolutely it was,” Mr Harawira told TV One’s Q & A programme.

Mr Harawira says he wouldn’t have wanted to go back into Parliament on his own and possibly would have resigned had that been the case.

“I think if we’d been successful in what we were aiming for…we could have done wonderful things in Parliament for those who don’t have a voice”.

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Crippled by Crazies

Russel Norman has come out swinging.

In an interview with Willie Jackson at Radio Waatea he described Dotcom and his pals in the Internet Mana party as “crazies” and they crippled the Greens campaign.

Greens co-leader Russel Norman says Internet Mana was a guided missile aimed at the left.

He says he visited Kim Dotcom at the start of the year to try to convince the internet mogul not to start a political party.

The party went ahead under the leadership of former Alliance MP Laila Harre, who had worked during 2013 as the Greens’ Auckland-based issues director.

Mr Norman says dragging Mana leader Hone Harawira into the mess by convincing him to sell his first list position set the scene for disaster.

“I mean we had enough trouble with John Key standing up every day telling all his nonsense about us and on the other had we had to deal with these crazies. Having them on the radio and tv all the time talking their nonsense, it was like ‘Oh god,’ it did make it incredibly difficult to change the Government at that point because a lot of people who might have voted for Labour went ‘Oh god, if a vote for Labour means a vote for Dotcom and Harre, I’m not going to do that,'” he says

Mr Norman says Internet Mana’s party vote strategy was to spend $3 million trying to take votes from potential Green supporters.

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See ya pal, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out

Hone Harawira has left parliament, he won’t be back.

He sold out his principles, such as they were, and he sold out his people. Now his party is in tatters, wrecked by a fat German crook.

Hone should have listened to his missus who warned him about what might happen. the money blinded him and now he is gone.

Mana leader Hone Harawira has said goodbye to Parliament with a promise that he will not fade away quietly.

Mr Harawira spoke in public for the first time since his election defeat in Te Tai Tokerau two weeks ago, accompanied by his wife Hilda and surrounded by black-clad supporters.

“Believe me when I say Mana will not be going gently into the night,” he told a large crowd in the former Maori Affairs Select Committee room inside Parliament.

He said his farewell was not a sad one and he was leaving “in good heart”.

“Our meetings have not been the sombre and tearful farewell tour for Hone Harawira that others may have hoped for, but rather a joyous and uplifting revival tour for a movement that takes up the challenge of being the conscience of the nation.”

He responded to critics who celebrated his departure after he made a deal to campaign with the Kim Dotcom-backed Internet Party.

“I hear the mean-spirited and ugly voices of those who are desperately keen to see me go, but I don’t have time to respond because we’re too busy focusing on the tasks ahead.”

Mr Harawira only briefly referred to Mana’s election partners the internet Party when he read out a letter from a sympathetic National Party supporter who said he “made a bad call with partners this election”.

Leaders of the Mana and internet parties have not yet met since the election defeat to discuss what went wrong.

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Face of the day

Hone Harawira

Hone Harawira

Bye Bye.

I won’t be a hypocrite and say anything nice. I was jumping for joy on election night and doing a silly dance with Cam when it was clear that the Internet Mana party was not going to get in. Why would we miss an MP who rarely bothered to even show up in parliament. Hard working…Yeah Nah.

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The ‘moments of zen’ in the election

Paul Thomas analyses the election and the “moments of zen”.

The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart’s signature sign-off is “Your moment of Zen”: a clip of a public figure making a goose of themselves through tone deafness, crassness, vehement ignorance, random imbecility or unconscious irony.

If Stewart had taken notice of our election, he would’ve had more moments of Zen than you could shake a stick at. After a rigorous process of elimination, I’ve chosen a top three.

Third was Internet-Mana party co-leader Laila Harre commiserating with the people of Te Tai Tokerau over the loss of their sitting MP and her co-leader Hone Harawira. Before her next political incarnation Harre might care to familiarise herself with the workings of democracy: the people she was consoling for being deprived of Harawira were the very people who gave him the broom.

Second was Labour leader David Cunliffe’s concession speech in which he did a passable impersonation of a man who’d just won an election. If his year-long impersonation of a leader of the opposition had been half as convincing, neither he nor Labour would be in the dark place they are now.

His shout-out to his staff and Labour’s campaign team was a riot of superlatives – “amazing”, “incredible”, “fantastic” – which raised the question: how catastrophically badly would Cunliffe and Labour have done if he’d surrounded himself with mediocrities?

Number one was Harawira’s comment, early on in the evening, that the people of his electorate “don’t like being ganged up on”. The general reaction to interlopers trying to influence the outcome in Te Tai Tokerau, he said, was “why don’t you guys piss off and leave us to make our own decisions?”.

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