Hone Harawira

Tell ‘im ‘e’s dreamin’

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 »

Internet Mana is no more

The Grey Party

The Grey Party

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 »

Hone Harawira still drinking German Kool-Aid

Deluded and political retards is the only description that suits the Mana party.

After losing an election, their only MP and everything else after their association with the Kaiser of Coatesville, they are now contemplating going again with the toxic German, though i’m not sure how in 2017 he will help them from a 6×9 cell in Leavenworth.

The Mana Movement is planning for the 2017 election and Kim Dotcom could be involved, leader Hone Harawira says.

Mr Harawira lost his Te Tai Tokerau seat to Labour’s Kelvin Davis and Mana’s alliance with the Dotcom backed Internet Party only gained 1.26 per cent of the party vote in September’s election.

Mr Harawira said people from across the country had attended a Mana planning meeting during the weekend.

“People are keen,” he told TVNZ’s Marae programme.

“They really want to go hard for 2017, but right now it’s about identifying key dates, key activities and being involved in things like community events wherever we are so that Mana maintains its relevance to the people.” ¬†¬† Read more »

It worked so well here, why not the US too?

Kim Dotcom is blagging on about starting the Internet party in the US.

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom says he will be “Hillary’s worst nightmare” as he revealed plans for a US version of the Internet Party.

Dotcom, who is fighting extradition to the US where he is wanted on piracy charges took to Twitter today to announce the new political movement.

“The Internet Party is coming to the United States in 2015. Stay tuned for our celebrity founders from the music, film and Internet industry,” Dotcom posted.

Minutes later he clarified that his role in the party would be limited.

“The Internet Party US will be well funded and run by American citizens. I will help with Public Relations ;-)”.

Dotcom said however that he would be “Hillary’s worst nightmare in 2016!” The statement appears to be a reference to Hillary Clinton, who is the favourite to win the Democrats’ nomination to fight the 2016 US presidential election.

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Some questions I’d like The Nation to ask Laila

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I see Laila Harre is going on The Nation this weekend.

This weekend on The Nation… Laila Harre breaks her post-election silence… the veteran activist of the left fronts up on the future of the Internet Party, her own leadership, and what’s next for her.

Most likely it will be promoting the thing her and her sister are doing.

I also see that Matthew Hooton is adding commentary. I hope that both him and Laila have declared that they are about to jet off to Colorado on a skiing holiday together.

It really should be declared if you are going to provide commentary about her. ¬† Read more »

About moderation, ideas and life

By Pete

The Cameron Slater that started blogging 9 years ago was sick, angry and lashing out.  What he wrote was vile, upsetting and visceral.  Yet there was a constant kernel of truth and a continuous provision of information and insights into the political process you could never get anywhere else.  A small audience began to grow.

As was the thing, back in the day, allowing non-moderated comments to appear was part of the deal.  It was a point of pride.

The theory was that smart readers would realise that the views of commenters were not those of the blog or its operator. ¬†And Cam personally felt (and still does, if we’re to be honest), that free speech is sacrosanct to the point where he would allow anything to be written.

The problem was that he assumed readers would not connect those comments to him, and instead judge only the writer of such comments.

It’s no secret that since I’ve gotten involved, I’ve been busy mainstreaming Cameron Slater. ¬†Knocking the rough edges off. ¬†Making him sleep on things for another day before putting ‘pen to paper’. ¬†That certainly improved the general acceptability of the blog, and the audience grew. ¬†But we seemed to be hitting another barrier.

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Finally someone addresses the elephant in the room for the left wing

Philip Matthews is a Twitter troll, and a journalist. He is a lot like John Drinnan, just with a smaller newspaper to bleat on it.

His constant harping and screeching about Dirty Politics led me to block him, he like many journalists think Twitter is the real world. He still misses the point of Dirty Politics. It was an attempt to silence, in my case permanently, opposing political voices.

Nonetheless he has written an article in the DomPost addressing the elephant in the room…the left wings very own dirty politics brigade (but without the influence or relevance).

The left wing mistook Twitter and blogging for the real world, and failed in their attempts to get me.

But are they part of the problem rather than the solution….after all Martyn Martin Bradbury established The Daily Blog with union funding to be “a Whaleoil killer”…and failed. He never even got close to his stated goal of a million pagewiews a month before the election.

In a parallel universe, David Cunliffe is the prime minister of New Zealand presiding over a Labour-NZ First minority government in a happy arrangement with the Green Party. Internet Mana, backed by German entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, has a few MPs in Parliament, including veteran activist Hone Harawira.

ACT is already history and former Prime Minister John Key has taken a long holiday in Hawaii.

Wake up. The Left was soundly defeated in the 2014 election.

“I think it’s fair to say we haven’t had dreams in colour since September 20,” says Left-wing activist and blogger Martyn Bradbury.

He freely admits he got it horribly wrong. That was his election prediction above. He “didn’t consider for one moment” that voters would rally to National and that high levels of early voting meant that New Zealanders were backing Key.

Instead, Labour had its worst result since 1922, the Greens slipped below their 2011 peak and Harawira is out of Parliament. “Despondent” is a good word to describe how those on the Left feel.

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Shane Taurima asks Maori Party a devastating question

You remember Shane.  He was the one running the Labour Party campaign from his TVNZ office.  Well, the Maori Party asked him to speak at their conference.  Where he said this

Mr Taurima spoke as part of a panel at the Maori Party AGM today, telling them they had to face up to their worst election result ever. “It is the worst result you have seen.”

He said he was not advocating doing deals “but it something you must consider.”

“I know as soon as we start talking deals things get a bit tetchy – but you need to have it on the table because things could turned out quite differently.”

He said the Maori Party also had to ask why it was that Maori voters went back to Labour – while other voters had deserted Labour in droves.

For all intent and purposes, the Maori party was annihilated except for the personal mana of one man. ¬†And in fact, the Maori Party has always existed on the personal mana of its MPs rather than coherent policy framework and positioning. ¬† Read more »

Certainly one way to feed the kids

When Hone Harawira got the arse card from parliament so did his “Feed the Kids” bill…until Metiria Turei picked it up.

But do we really need a bill to somehow get the kids fed when their damn useless parents should be doing it…and surely we can find funds from elsewhere for the programme?

Josh Forman has an idea…knocking wasteful parliamentary travel on he¬†head for a start.

Now the Greens are the sponsor of the bill he has looked at their travel expenses and found something interesting.

In the period from 1 October 2013 through 30 September 2014 Mr [Steffan] Browning has spent a grand total of $166,369 on surface and air travel courtesy of the good ole taxpayer.

There may be a valid reason for all this travel by the 60 year old from Clyde, who incidentally ran unsuccessfully for the Kaikoura seat at the election, though if there is, neither he, nor his party have bothered to tell me what it is.

You see, if there was a good reason for what appears to be a pretty huge amount of travel considering they guy is based at the top of the South Island, a proverbial stones throw from Wellington. The problem I have is that the from what I can see, not only has Mr Browning done three fifths of stuff all since his election. ¬† Read more »

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 ‚Äď the whole community knew ‚Äď 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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