Mana Party

Telling the hard left to get stuffed is probably the most important thing for Labour to do

Danyl McLauchlan has taken a hiatus from his hiatus…and made a very valid point about just how out of touch the left wing activists are believing their own circle jerk of confirmation bias on Twitter and Facebook.

Here’s a point I meant to make before i went on hiatus. Here’s the aggregated polling for the Internet-Mana Party.

internetmana Read more »

Te Tai Tokerau won out West not in North

Hone Harawira sold out his principles and his party, and if that wasn’t enough he concentrated his campaign up north.

But new figures reveal that he should have looked to West Auckland to secure his votes.

Auckland voters played a big role in kicking Mana leader Hone Harawira out of Parliament, new statistics show.

The newly published Electoral Commission data revealed that Labour’s Kelvin Davis heavily defeated Mr Harawira in polling booths in Kelston, North Shore, Te Atatu and other Auckland spots.

In all, Mr Davis claimed 711 more votes than Mr Harawira in the Auckland polling booths, giving him a huge boost in the marginal seat.

His overall majority in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate was 743 votes.

Mr Harawira was not only beaten in Auckland but on his home turf in Northland. ¬†¬† Read more »

Hone gets his beans, again

Hone Harawira is a sucker for punishment.

His judge supervised re-count has put him in a worse position than when he started.

The number of votes for Mana leader Hone Harawira has been cut by two after a recount in the Te Tai Tokerau seat.

The Electoral Commission released the results of the recount this afternoon, reporting “minor variations” to the official result published on Saturday.

Votes for Labour’s Kelvin Davis rose from 9710 to 9712, and Mr Harawira’s votes fell from 8971 to 8969. Read more »

A risk worth taking?

When his loss first became apparent Hone Harawira went silent.

Now he says that the whole Internet Mana sellout that he was a party to was a “risk worth taking”.

Hone Harawira says he doesn’t regret his alliance with Kim Dotcom and hasn’t ruled out working with the Internet Party again.

There’s been intense speculation that the Mana Party leader lost his Te Tai Tokerau electorate seat in the recent election due to his connection with the internet mogul and his Internet Party.

However, the Mana Party Leader says that the group needed something to boost their political influence and took a gamble in aligning itself with Mr Dotcom’s Internet Party.

“Was it a risk worth taking? – absolutely it was,” Mr Harawira told TV One’s Q & A programme.

Mr Harawira says he wouldn’t have wanted to go back into Parliament on his own and possibly would have resigned had that been the case.

“I think if we’d been successful in what we were aiming for…we could have done wonderful things in Parliament for those who don’t have a voice”.

Read more »

See ya pal, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out

Hone Harawira has left parliament, he won’t be back.

He sold out his principles, such as they were, and he sold out his people. Now his party is in tatters, wrecked by a fat German crook.

Hone should have listened to his missus who warned him about what might happen. the money blinded him and now he is gone.

Mana leader Hone Harawira has said goodbye to Parliament with a promise that he will not fade away quietly.

Mr Harawira spoke in public for the first time since his election defeat in Te Tai Tokerau two weeks ago, accompanied by his wife Hilda and surrounded by black-clad supporters.

“Believe me when I say Mana will not be going gently into the night,” he told a large crowd in the former Maori Affairs Select Committee room inside Parliament.

He said his farewell was not a sad one and he was leaving “in good heart”.

“Our meetings have not been the sombre and tearful farewell tour for Hone Harawira that others may have hoped for, but rather a joyous and uplifting revival tour for a movement that takes up the challenge of being the conscience of the nation.”

He responded to critics who celebrated his departure after he made a deal to campaign with the Kim Dotcom-backed Internet Party.

“I hear the mean-spirited and ugly voices of those who are desperately keen to see me go, but I don’t have time to respond because we’re too busy focusing on the tasks ahead.”

Mr Harawira only briefly referred to Mana’s election partners the internet Party when he read out a letter from a sympathetic National Party supporter who said he “made a bad call with partners this election”.

Leaders of the Mana and internet parties have not yet met since the election defeat to discuss what went wrong.

Read more »

Face of the day

Hone Harawira

Hone Harawira

Bye Bye.

I won’t be a hypocrite and say anything nice. I was jumping for joy on election night and doing a silly dance with Cam when it was clear that the Internet Mana party was not going to get in. Why would we miss an MP who rarely bothered to even show up in parliament. Hard working…Yeah Nah.

Read more »

The ‘moments of zen’ in the election

Paul Thomas analyses the election and the “moments of zen”.

The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart’s signature sign-off is “Your moment of Zen”: a clip of a public figure making a goose of themselves through tone deafness, crassness, vehement ignorance, random imbecility or unconscious irony.

If Stewart had taken notice of our election, he would’ve had more moments of Zen than you could shake a stick at. After a rigorous process of elimination, I’ve chosen a top three.

Third was Internet-Mana party co-leader Laila Harre commiserating with the people of Te Tai Tokerau over the loss of their sitting MP and her co-leader Hone Harawira. Before her next political incarnation Harre might care to familiarise herself with the workings of democracy: the people she was consoling for being deprived of Harawira were the very people who gave him the broom.

Second was Labour leader David Cunliffe’s concession speech in which he did a passable impersonation of a man who’d just won an election. If his year-long impersonation of a leader of the opposition had been half as convincing, neither he nor Labour would be in the dark place they are now.

His shout-out to his staff and Labour’s campaign team was a riot of superlatives – “amazing”, “incredible”, “fantastic” – which raised the question: how catastrophically badly would Cunliffe and Labour have done if he’d surrounded himself with mediocrities?

Number one was Harawira’s comment, early on in the evening, that the people of his electorate “don’t like being ganged up on”. The general reaction to interlopers trying to influence the outcome in Te Tai Tokerau, he said, was “why don’t you guys piss off and leave us to make our own decisions?”.

Read more »

Did Hone throw TTT?

Plausible

There is some speculation that Hone Harawira threw Te Tai Tokerau.

It seems, on the surface a strange accusation to level against the man, but it has been a persistent theme this past week.

I decided to think this one through and I’ve come to the conclusion, in Mythbusters style, that the supposition is at least plausible.

Let’s look at some provable facts.

  1. Hone Harawira did a bunk for at least a week during the campaign.
    There were reports of him being in Australia and other parts of NZ. Irrespective of those rumours he was certainly absent from campaign duties for a considerable amount of time.
  2. There  were several fallings out amongst the leadership, the most notable being over legalisation of cannabis
  3. The deal to merge the parties was stitched together by Laila Harre, Gerard Hehir and Matt McCarten and presented to hone Harawira as a fait accompli. He had no input into the process or decision.
  4. It was only the offer of funding that swayed Hone Harawira to accept the merger.
  5. Hone’s wife was against the merger of the Internet party and the Mana party, despite the money.
  6. Hone Harawira didn’t speak at the campaign launch and was barely noticed after Dotcom boasted of hacking and Pam Corkery went feral on the media as Kim Dotcom did a runner out the back way.
  7. The whole concept was really a plan to resurrect the Alliance.

Read more »

Hone Harawira happy with his choices

Feel like having your gob smacked?  Well, this is the story to do it.  Hone is comfortable with his choices around the Mana / Dotcom / Internet Party debacle.

… last night [Hone] told Campbell Live he wasn’t yet ready to say whether he had any regrets about tying his fortunes to Dotcom – a move that was widely regarded as having cost him his seat.

“That too I guess is something that I want to have a longer talk with Laila about and I’ll save those comments until after that. I owe Laila that, I owe Kim that.

“So I’m just holding off on those comments until after I’ve had that korero, that’s the right thing to do. I haven’t had the chance to catch up with Kim and I need to have a korero one on one so I look forward to that.”

He said he hadn’t seen Dotcom’s speech on Saturday in which the controversial internet entrepreneur apologised to him for costing him his seat by associating his “damaged brand” with Mana.

“Honestly, I feel really comfortable about the work that we’ve done and in the end when it became obvious that a whole lot of other parties were just standing against poor little old me, [it] became obvious that we weren’t going to be able to pull that off.”

Little old me? ¬†Spare me. ¬† Read more »

Face of the day

Hone Harawira

Hone Harawira

Read more »