Hone confirms he’s been hiding

…and still pretending this is absolutely normal during the last 3 weeks of an election campaign.   This, from The Nation yesterday:

Patrick Gower: Welcome back. Internet Mana was formed with one goal in mind — 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.

Harawira: Oh, I think I needed a bit of a break. I’m really comfortable with the fact that I have a co-leader like Laila. She’s really good at what she does. Annette Sykes, John Minto — you know, they’re incredibly talented people. I’m not the sort of leader that needs to be out in the face of the public all of the time when I’ve got people like Laila alongside.

Sure. Now, there’s been talk of a rift. Is there a rift between you guys?

Harre: Absolutely not.

Harawira: No. Actually—

Harre: Do we look like we’re rifting?

Harawira: Actually, I’m sitting over here because the cameraman made me sit over here. But there are no issues here.

No!  ABSOLUTELY NOT.   Does it LOOK like it?

Actually, yes!  It does.   A leader of a party doesn’t go sulk at home during an election campaign.  The fact you both have been told to sort your stuff out and get back on the job, the job you are being paid for so generously, is the real reason you are “back together”.

The fact you couldn’t work together was predicated on the Internet Mana Party agreement that stipulated it would cease to exist after the election.

This is, and always has been, a political marriage of convenience.

Hone just didn’t think it would be as difficult to swallow rats day after day while keeping a smile on his face.

He’s a political prostitute, a role that Harre seems to play with ease.   But Hone’s having trouble loving you all long time.

His new house should compensate though.  Wonder where the money came from for that?

 

– The Nation, Mediaworks


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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