Kelvin Davis understand politics. Â No sympathy.
New Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis has dubbed Internet-Mana âall steam and no hangiâ after it failed to deliver on the hype on election day.
Leader Hone Harawira was ousted and Internet-Mana polled just 1.26 per cent, in spite of internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcomâs hefty financial backing, last weekâs Moment of Truth and a highly publicised national road show to try and drum up support.
âThere was a lot of promises, a lot of hope and excitement but it was all steam and no hangi,â Davis said of Internet-Mana.
It was a case of fourth time lucky for Davis who reversed Harawiraâs 2011 majority of more than 1100 votes.
Watching the votes come in had been an emotional experience, he said.
âI was ready to go home at about 7.30, he was 300 [votes] ahead of me and I thought âOh shit here we go againââŠ and then someone said youâre down to 290 and you go âOh okay, it mustâve been the local town I live inâs booth coming inâ and then the next one was down to 260 or something and then it just started dropping and everyone got bloody excited.
ââ Then they said âKelvin, youâre aheadâ and then the gap kept going for me.
âIt was good to watch I have to say. It was exciting.â
At WO HQ we were watching the TTT result real time and graphing it as we went. Â All the early votesÂ went to Hone. Â Al the votes from the 20th went to Kelvin. Â Â Read more »