Hone Harawira’s “feed the kids” bill has been defeated in parliament.
The Mana Movement leader introduced it before last year’s election, campaigned on it, and then lost his seat.
It would have lapsed if Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei hadn’t picked it up.
The bill would have provided government-funded breakfasts and lunches in all decile one and two schools.
It gained strong support from opposition parties and child welfare advocates, but the government never accepted it.
“We would be providing meals that are provided by the vast bulk of parents and caregivers already,” Prime Minister John Key said when the bill first came to parliament.
“We should expect parents to feed their children properly and the vast majority of them do.” Read more »
Kim Dotcom’s failed Internet Party has been dealt another humiliating blow.
Final election returns reveal $3.5 million was given to the Internet Party by Dotcom. It ended up getting 34,094 votes – that means Dotcom spent $102 per vote.
The election returns reveal the party’s explosive press secretary Pam Corkery was paid $15,000 for her 15 weeks’ work – that’s $1000 a week.
Party Leader Laila Harre was paid $66,000 – more than $4000 a week.
The party spent more than $1 million on election related advertising, including $122,000 for a YouTube parody of Prime Minister John Key and US President Barack Obama. It also spent $21,000 on T-shirts. Read more »
In his return to the Electoral Commission Mr Harawira declared he received $105,000 in donations and spent just under $23,000.
Failed Puppet master Kim Dotcom is trying to say that our democratically elected government is not making the tough decisions with the mandate of the voters but is controlled by America. Obviously our attacks on The Internet Party still smart as back then we said he was the puppet master both funding and controlling Laila Harre and Hone Harawira.
The state house bludgers of Glen Innes still think they are living in their own houses…they are not, they are living in our houses and for some reason they think they shouldn’t have to move.
They’ve even roped in a political sell out in their battle.
Simon Collins, as usual, is pimping the poor again:
Former MP Hone Harawira has been called in to try to ease tensions in Glen Innes after a rock was thrown at a removal man trying to move a state house out of the area last year.
Mr Harawira, who was arrested at an earlier protest against the house removals in 2012, introduced the state tenants’ group last week to the man who has bought nine of their houses and wants to take a further 30 – Ricky Houghton of He Korowai Trust in Kaitaia.
Their arrival surprised the protest group at their regular Tuesday night meeting at Glen Innes Primary School and two members walked out.
Mr Houghton said those who stayed expressed their anger about his trust buying their homes.
“For the very first time, I saw and felt their frustration and their fear,” he said. “It just made me cry, but I was not crying because of my situation, I was crying with them.
They were crying too.”
His mission followed a halt put on house removals after a series of violent incidents. Housing NZ chief executive Glenn Sowry said none had been removed since protesters blocked a removal truck last October.
“The blocking of this last scheduled relocation from Torrington Crescent followed a series of increasingly dangerous incidents at earlier house removals, including the destruction of a removal truck engine, and a contractor being knocked unconscious by a rock thrown at his head.”
Winston Peters’ bid to take over the now vacant Northland seat is gathering momentum.
The by-election was forced by the resignation of Mike Sabin last week.
Police knew about issues affecting the former MP but the Police Minister is refusing to comment about whether he knew and who he told.
It’s not even a week since Mr Sabin resigned, but already fighting for his Northland seat has begun.
It’s a safe National seat, but Mr Peters would fight hard, chipping into National’s lead.
But John Key says Peters is acting as a bit of a tease “[I] wouldn’t bet the marae on it.”
Along with Mr Peters, Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is also considering running for the seat. Read more »
The next big thing that Hone Harawira and John Minto has got going is Mana News.
And they are straight into bizarre conspiracy theories…and likely a few defamation suits.
Eleanor Catton has managed to reveal the mechanism of the National party media dictatorship this could be extremely dangerous for the survival of our democracy. According to Sean Plunkett you are not permitted to criticise the National government its unpatriotic and against the people of New Zealand. Too many reporters within journalism have intimate relationships with the national party that are a conflict of interest designed to mislead the New Zealand public. These reporters are holding back real journalists like Andrea Vance. It is unnatural for the press gallery to be uncritical of a seven year old government. The Prime minister office is pouring to many resources into dirty politics and controling the media and little effort to tackle the housing crisis or poverty reduction.
The conspiracy would be more believable if they could spell Sean Plunket’s name properly. I’m surprised that they haven’t substituted every ‘s’ for a ‘$’.
David Rankin is an interesting person to do a google search on.
He has talked about the possibility of Maori not being indigenous in 2012
The status of Maori as the country’s indigenous population could be in danger if research, which suggests previous civilisations lived in New Zealand before Maori arrived, is proved true.
Ngapuhi leader David Rankin said books by authors such as investigative journalist Ian Wishart and historian Noel Hilliam presented “clear evidence” that some of New Zealand’s earliest residents might have arrived before the Polynesians.
He pointed to numerous Maori oral histories which referred to people being here when the first Maori arrived, including fair-skinned people.
“If we believe our histories, then we as Maori are not the indigenous people of New Zealand.”
The archaeological evidence in some research was a potential challenge to the status of Maori as indigenous, which was why he believed no other Maori was prepared to speak publicly on the issue, Mr Rankin said.
Details of much of the country’s past was being concealed by academic historians, he said.
“I would say it’s a conspiracy. They are worried that their own research will be exposed so they have worked hard to ridicule and suppress any Maori history which disagrees with their views.
“However, the tide is turning and more people are now seeing that there is a whole history of our country that has been concealed and which will have major implications for Treaty settlements for example.”
Kim Dotcom has broken his silence…and he reckons his play-party is going to try and stand again in 2017.
Leaderless, a blurred vision and out of cash, I doubt the party could do anything with the assorted leftist and hipster kids involved.
Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom says his party could still make another bid for election in 2017 despite its merger with the Mana Party coming to an end.
Mana Movement leader Hone Harawira confirmed at the weekend that the two parties had formally split after failing to win a seat in the last election.
The Internet Party will soon be leaderless as Laila Harre plans to stand down and its main backer, Mr Dotcom, says he has run out of money fighting his extradition to the United States. Read more »
This should come as no surprise, except that Hone Harawira has confirmed it – Internet Mana is no more.
The Mana Movement has split with the Internet Party as the pair’s controversial coalition comes to an end.
A letter has been sent to the Electoral Commission to formally close off the Internet Mana relationship after a disastrous election result. Read more »