Kim Dotcom gets another free hit – this time from Fairfax

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom cast an early vote [yesterday afternoon] 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 “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. 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 is to encourage “anyone” to vote…. yes, sure… as long as it is for Internet Mana.

Dotcom was confident the Internet-Mana party would gain more than 5 per cent of the party vote and make it into Parliament, he said, adding that he hoped the combined parties would get 7.8 per cent of the vote.

According to internal polls, taken via landlines, mobile and internet, Internet Mana was currently polling at 4.8 per cent and usually polled between 6 and 8 per cent despite other polls putting the party as low as 2 per cent, he said.

Dotcom said despite recent suggestions the Internet-Mana alliance was strong.

What a load of … hot air.

Hone Harawira is actually missing in action.   They’re trying to make it sound like he’s on holiday, and something that’s pre-planned.

Have you ever heard of a party leader that goes on holiday during the last 3 weeks of an election campaign?

– his office was shot at

– his vehicle left the road with apparently nobody else involved

– he has not disclosed the $500,000 payment made on Kim Dotcom’s behalf to Hone in any election return

– that payment was allegedly made from money paid for Mega Shares held by Bill Liu, the man who had his assets frozen in a drug related money laundering investigation

– Kim’s “partner”, Laila Harre, has security guards around her (Tau has retired, and Trevor isn’t anywhere near)

– according to a source, Hone is now in Australia with no known return date


Word from Northland is that he’s “deliberately trying to lose the seat”.

At last night’s minor party leader debate, his absence was explained as “it was Laila’s turn to front this time”, with absolutely no mention about Hone actually being uncontactable.


Kim Dotcom’s urgency at trying to get his party votes locked in before the “big reveal” on the 15th is also highly suspicious.  He wants to make sure people can’t change their minds?   Is something coming that’s out of his control, that will collapse the Internet Mana party vote before the 20th?

Tune in next week….


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