Money doesn’t buy you elections. Â Colin Craig knows it, and now too, does Kim Dotcom. Â Â Read more »
Maori Television has a shock poll in Te Tai Tokerau, showing that Kelvin Davis is within 1% of tipping over Hone Harawira.
A major upset could be ahead for Hone Harawira in the MÄori electorate of Te Tai Tokerau, given the close battle between him and Kelvin Davis according to our MÄori Television poll results.
Hone Harawira is still leading the electorate on 38%. Â However Kelvin Davis is on 37%, so there is just 1% between them.
No doubt, Hone Harawira’s knees will be shaking from those numbers and so too will Internet-MANA. Â Â Read more »
David Cunliffe arrives at Manukau. Â Manukau is the country’s largest population of Maori and Pacific Island people. Â South Auckland, in other words. Â Once a Labour stronghold.
David arrives and he’s alone.
Nobody wants to be near him. Â Read more »
If I didn’t know that this was the Mascot of The Internet Party I would think that it was some kind ofÂ a joke. A cat wearing goggles and snorkel?
This is going to attract the YOUTH vote?
Hmmmm…. perhaps I should suggest some suitable mascots for the other parties Â Read more »
Cannabis usually chills people out, except inÂ theÂ case of the bastard political child of the Internet and Mana parties it is causing friction.
And we are way past a fraction too much friction.
There has been a major breakdown in the Internet Mana party.
Emails obtained by 3 News show Mana leader Hone Harawira lashing out over the Internet Party’s pro-cannabis policy with one of his trademark expletive-laden rants, blocking an advertising campaign and saying he is “sick of all thisÂ s**tÂ about weed”.
The ad includes a pitch to decriminalise cannabis with the words “police no longer wasted on weed”.
Mr Harawira has said he does not support cannabis for personal use, however the Internet Party wants to see it decriminalised.
When it comes to marijuana the Mana and Internet Party leaders are diametrically opposed. Mr Harawira hates it, but for Internet Party leader Laila Harre, cannabis reform is a personal priority.
She said she has made a personal pledge to champion the issue if she is elected. Â Â Read more »
…and still pretending this is absolutely normal during the last 3 weeks of an election campaign. Â This, from The NationÂ yesterday:
Patrick Gower: Welcome back. Internet Mana was formed with one goal in mind â that’s to change the government. The polls suggest that’s a tough road right now, and the alliance itself has been having some tough times with some internal divisions. So, good morning to you both, Hone Harawira and Laila Harre. I’ll start with you, Hone Harawira. Where’ve you been?
Hone Harawira: I’ve been up north and really enjoying getting around to see as many people as possible. Been to Dargaville, been to Whangarei, been to Wellsford, to Te Hana, to Ruawai, to Te Kao, I’ve been to Ahipara, I’ve been to Kaitaia. It’s the John Hore song.
And you’ve been on leave as well. That’s right, isn’t it?
Harawira: I took a bit of a break because of the accident. Just going hard out, hard out, hard out. Decided to take a couple of days, but still all in the north.
So you had a holiday up north?
Harawira: You don’t get a holiday, even in the north, so I stayed home rather than go away to anywhere else.
But you must be the only leader who has taken leave during the election campaign. Read more »
Elections should be a contest of ideas. Once every three years political parties are given an opportunity to pitch their ideas to voters on how they would run the country. The campaign period gives voters a chance to carefully examine the policies of the parties, and to decide on the sort of government they would like to see in charge of the Treasury benches.
This election campaign has, however, been effectively stolen from voters. Left wing activist Nicky Hager clearly planned to dominate the campaign period with the publication of his book of hacked emails. He has done this before. He knows how the media works and how they feed on a diet of scandal and sensation. He knew releasing private emails would overshadow the campaign and give him unprecedented publicity.
Opposition politicians love government scandals too. Â Scandals not only enable them to score multiple points against the incumbents, but they provide them with an opportunity to claim their own image is whiter than fresh snow. Their innocence and purity is of course fake. Politics is not called the âdark artâ for nothing.
Politics is and always has been a very tough business â tougher than anything else. To survive and thrive politicians have to learn to play hardball. Those who canât or donât want to play, generally do not last in politics.
It has never been any different. In fact, those politicians who have been bleating the most loudly about how dreadful it all is and calling for inquiries â pretendingÂ theyÂ wouldÂ neverÂ conspire with others to try to discredit their opposition â are simply playing the game. They are gaining easy publicity from a scandal obsessed media that wants to keep the story running for as long as they possibly can.
But while this whole affair has been played ad nauseam, the elephant in the room is the question about how it can be that Nicky Hager can receive stolen goods and knowingly profit from them by selling the hacked emails in his book, without being charged by the Police for the crime ofÂ receiving. Under Section 246 of the Crimes Act 1961, âEvery one is guilty ofÂ receivingÂ who receives any property stolen or obtained by any other imprisonable offence, knowing that property to have been stolen or so obtained, or being reckless as to whether or not the property had been stolen or so obtained.â
According to Section 247, the penalties for the crime of receiving, depends on the dollar value of the goods received. If the goods do not exceed $500, then the maximum penalty is three months imprisonment. If they are valued between $500 and $1000 then the maximum penalty is 12 months imprisonment. And if they are valued at over $1000 then the maximum penalty is seven years imprisonment.
Hager clearly sits in the latter category.
But it isnât just the owners of the confidential emails who are the victims of Mr Hager and his partners in crime â it is also New Zealand voters. The mediaâs fixation on the scandal has meant that they have largely ignored their crucial Fourth Estate role of reporting party policies and asking tough questions. This means that the full implications of key policy agendas have not been revealed.
This is a potentially dangerous situation.
In case anyone needs reminding, it was the former Labour governmentâs policy agenda of tax and spend that pushed the country into a recession in early 2008, months ahead of the onset of the global financial crisis. The government had become bloated and profligate. Excessive government spending had forced up interest rates to amongst the highest in the OECD. Even though there was a serious shortage of unskilled workers, the welfare system was failing to move beneficiaries into jobs. The economy was out of balance, the labour market was inflexible, the bureaucracy was stultifying, and small businesses were going to the wall. Â Read more »
Internet mogul Kim Dotcom cast an early vote [yesterday afternoon]Â in an effort to inspire Kiwis to get out and vote – preferably not for National.
The Internet Party founder was one of a group of New Zealanders who cast their vote during the first day of early voting.
Not surprisingly Dotcom said he gave his party vote to Internet-Mana and his electoral vote to Internet Party leader Laila Harre in her Helensville electorate.
He cast an early vote as part of the Mobilise campaign that encouraged people to vote.
Yes, the mobilize.org.nz “campaign” that was described by the NZ Herald as “non-partisan” – a claim they withdrew from the on-line version of the article after Whaleoil outlined the farcical nature of it. Â mobilize.org.nz is sailing very close to the wind to provide incentives to vote, it only mentions Internet Mana or “its component parties” and has an authorisation statement from the Internet Party on the web site.
I mean, HELLLOOOOO, anyone actually awake here?
Whaleoil contacted the Electoral Commission about this, and they have acknowledged our inquiry, but have yet to provide comment on this situation.
In the mean time, other churnalists happy for some copy are regurgitating the idea mobilize.org.nz is to encourage “anyone” to vote…. yes, sure… as long as it is for Internet Mana. Read more »
You may recall me looking at mobilize.org.nz a few days ago. Â It is a web site that is a very thinly disguised effort by the Internet/Mana parties to get a mailing list and to provide social pressure and possible incentives for voting. Â This is yet another party-aligned web site that pretends to be neutral by skirting the electoral rules. Â I mean, why not? Â The message is out that any electoral law transgressions will earn you a “caution” from police… at worst.
NZ Herald has a piece this morning on voting early. Â Here’s the headline
Here’s the photo. Â Read more »
As the elder statesmen and women of the Maori Party fall by the wayside, and the Mana with it, it appears that it will be just time before the Maori Party becomes a footnote in New Zealand’s political history.
But not just yet, reports Michael Fox
The Maori Party’s future is looking more secure, according to the results of a new poll in co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell’s Waiariki electorate.
With the party performing poorly in all major political polls, well below the 5 per cent needed to enter Parliament without an electorate seat, its survival could rest on Flavell retaining the seat he has held since 2005.
Last night’s Maori Television Reid Research Poll of 500 voters showed 50 per cent of respondents would vote for Flavell if the election were held now. Read more »