John Minto

Kim and Dim to have a meeting

I never thought Hone Harawira was this stupid.

Hone Harawira has kept the possibility of a deal with Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party alive, confirming talks over the weekend to explore a political relationship.

Dotcom and the Mana Party leader have held discussions previously but Harawira ruled out a formal merger after a backlash from members of his party.

Long-time activist and former Green MP Sue Bradford is among those who balked at any prospect of a deal and threatened to quit.

In a statement this evening, Harawira confirmed talks with Dotcom in central Auckland over the weekend to discuss possibilities “for a relationship between the Mana movement and the Internet Party”.

He said the Mana executive had extended an invitation to Dotcom to address its AGM on Saturday,.  Read more »

Mana kicks Maori for licking National boots while sampling some German boot themselves


A reader pointed out this little gem from Mana Party’s John Minto this morning

This is no surprise to anyone who’s watched the Maori Party in recent years. It’s been a beggar at the rich man’s table – attending to National cap in hand and waiting quietly to be noticed and hopefully for a few crumbs to fall into the Maori Party’s begging bowl.

There’s barely the pretence of dignity – just a modern-day colonial scene so degrading to Maori and so loved by National. These are the “friendly Maori” of yesteryear.   Read more »

HoS editorial on Dotcom’s dodgy deals

Patrick Gower should really be sinking his chipmunk teeth into finding out who the dodgy MP is that is skulking in his current party but looking at bailing out in June, dogging on his mates.

That MP is a traitor to his party and should be outed. Instead I fear we will have more stories from him and Corin Dann about how much milk there is or isn’t in the fridges of Oravida’s offices.

The Herald on Sunday makes a call for openness from Dotcom, but there is fat chance of that after he got a gagging order against his former head of security. That didn’t work in keeping his appalling employment practices secret, and it won’t work in keeping other dodgy behaviour secret either.

Dotcom is dangerous. He could threaten Key. But his private life could also explode in the face of potential allies like Labour, the Greens and Mana.

I don’t think he is dangerous, not with what I know and will release. His party will wither and die with coming revelations, my only hope is it also takes out all those who have bent their knee to Dotcom. If is hilarious to see Mana leap into bed with them when he rips off workers in such a blatant manner. I wonder what John Minto of the Unite union and a Mana party prospect thinks about Dotcom paying his staff less than the minimum wage as required by law.

He is fighting extradition to the United States to face copyright charges, and suffered a setback in that fight on Friday when the Supreme Court ruled he would not have access to details of the American prosecution case against him.

He has also gone to court this week to prevent disclosures by his disgruntled former head of security, Wayne Tempero, apparently angry at having his contract and pay cut. Tempero is threatening to lift the lid on Dotcom’s relationship with staff, debts, and allegedly embarrassing trivia such as what he keeps in his basement. Dotcom says he cannot (or will not) comment on the threatened Tempero disclosures, beyond dismissing them as a “smear campaign” and promising his creditors will be paid in full this week.  Read more »

What is the relationship between Hone Harawira and Kim Dotcom?

David Rankin has issued a press release:

Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has been involved in negotiations with internet tycoon Kim Dotcom over funding for the Mana Party, and a possible role of Kim Dotcom in the Party.

This is according to Ngapuhi kaumatua David Rankin, who says he is frustrated after having repeatedly asked Harawira for the past week if there is any truth to the allegation.

“Everyone knows about the meetings.  Even Whale oil’s Cameron Slater has been informed and wants to break the story,” says Mr Rankin, “and my nephew Hone has suddenly gone quiet whenever I mention Kim Dotcom.”

Mr Rankin says that unless Harawira explicitly denies the allegation that he sought funding from Dotcom then the Mana Party is in trouble. “Mana will face a major credibility crisis,” says Rankin, “and the longer he keeps silence, the more suspicion grows.”

What David Rankin says is true.

My sources deep within the mansion have been telling me for weeks about an “arrangement” between Hone Harawira and his Mana party and the nascent and unlaunched Internet Party. There have been meetings held around the boardroom table at the mansion and serious discussions amongst those associated with Dotcom, some even suggesting this is wrong, only to be hectored and shouted at by Dotcom.

I also know that Mana party advisors and confidantes have been meeting extensively as recently as two weeks ago to discuss these details with some privately sharing with WOBH that they are concerned about the future of the party should this deal go ahead.

Their strategy from what the sources have told me is cunning, though I’m not sure voters will appreciate the subterfuge necessary for this scheme to work.

There is provision in the Electoral Act for component partiesRead more »

Mana and Maori Party vying for Tua

David Tua is tossing up between the Maori party and Mana in order to facilitate his entry to politics.

Audrey Young reports:

Former boxer David Tua is in hot demand – he has talked with the Maori Party about entering politics, and Hone Harawira’s Mana Party has talks scheduled with him next month.

Tua, a Samoan-born New Zealander, met Maori Party officials in Auckland this week.

Mana, a break-away from the Maori Party, has him in its sights too.

Both see him as a potential drawcard for thousands of Pacific Island voters in New Zealand.  Read more »

Hide: ‘Why is John Minto so miserable and bitter?’

Rodney Hide ponders just how grand life is in the modern world:

We are living in a time of unparalleled prosperity. The poorest among us have material comfort undreamt of by the kings of yesteryear.

We have more opportunity than we have ever before enjoyed. We are imbued with the view that there is nothing we can’t do and the modern world has made that view a reality. We can travel to any corner of the world. Anyone can have an idea and set up in business. The only limitation is our own imagination.

We have the world at our keyboard and, with a tap on our smartphones, we access world news, rich repositories of knowledge and literature and maps of the planet and universe. The pace of technological innovation has never been so fast and has never before been so instantly available to the masses.

The best learning materials and tutorials in every conceivable subject are available to anyone with an internet connection. Young entrepreneurs and inventors declare they are too busy learning to attend school.

Yes, we do have a great mass of poor and dispirited but that’s been our democratic choice: we have election after election chosen policies to establish, perpetuate and expand an economic underclass. The poor and dispirited are no longer an economic phenomenon but a clear political choice.

And yes we suffer big, bloated, wasteful government but government now is more a nuisance and source of amusement than an agent of oppression and fear.   Read more »

New Zealander of the Year – your chance to vote

OK, first, thanks for the many of you suggesting I should be New Zealander of the Year.  It would be cool, but I’m asking  my own team who to pick, so I’m obviously disqualified for this particular illustrious award.  But – thank you all the same.

Here are the people that didn’t get a clear 2nd nomination, so they can’t be voted for today

  • Lindsay Mitchell
  • Bevan Chuang
  • John Minto
  • Hone Harawira
  • Louisa Wall
  • Kim Dotcom
  • Scott Dixon
  • David Shearer
  • Val Baker and the Matata police
  • Bob Parker
  • Gerry Brownlee

One or two there reflecting some humour or the fact that we do in fact allow readers to have a different opinion to me!

Val Baker and the Matata police was an interesting nomination.  This is how it was put forward, and I think they’ve earned some approbation:   Read more »

The Huddle


I was on the Huddle again last night with Josie Pagani. Tim Dower was sitting in for Larry Williams.

We were talking about.

John Minto moaning about being left out of the delegation to pay their respects to Mandela – what a cry baby. He’s an embarrassment.

Then we’ve got ANOTHER child poverty report which again just moans about people with no money breeding – then blames everyone else. It would be nice to have an action plan with actual ideas about how to stop the poverty cycle rather than the same old boring people coming up with the same problem blaming everyone else.  Read more »

The Huddle at 1740


I am on the Huddle again tonight with Josie Pagani. Tim Dower is sitting in for Larry Williams.

We will be talking about.

So we’ve got Minto moaning about being left out of the delegation to pay their respects to Mandela – what a cry baby. He’s an embarrassment.   Read more »

Left-wing campaigning for Minto, but have they forgotten this?

The left-wing is distracting themselves by creating a petition and campaigning for John Minto to got to South Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral

But in their haste to push Minto forward they need to be reminded of this from 2008.

An anti-apartheid activist who organised protests in New Zealand during a tour by South Africa’s rugby team in 1981 has rejected nomination for an award from President Thabo Mbeki’s government.

John Minto, organiser of the Halt All Racist Tours campaign, declined the Companion of O R Tambo Award, saying the changes in South Africa since the end of white minority rule had benefited only an elite.  Read more »