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Hone Harawira is going to try a comeback in Te Tai Tokerau.

Former MP Hone Harawira is getting back into politics and will stand for Māori electorate seat Te Tai Tokerau again in next year’s election, he says.

Mr Harawira lost his seat to Labour’s Kelvin Davis in 2014. His Mana Party which combined with Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party, got just 1.5 percent of the party vote.

He told RNZ’s Mihingarangi Forbes on TV3’s The Hui he was re-entering the political fray because Māori lacked a strong voice in Parliament.

Mr Harawira said many Māori MPs got caught up in party politics, and forgot who they were meant to be representing.

“You’ve gotta have somebody in there who’s a fighter,” he said.  

“Somebody who won’t be cowed by party politics or by Parliamentary politics, and is gong to stand up and say what needs to be said, whenever it needs to be said.

“Kelvin’s tried, I think Marama’s tried, but they keep getting squeezed back into that party box.”

But Mr Davis disputes that Māori still lack a strong voice in Parliament.

“He’s being a bit disrespectful to the Māori MPs in Parliament, saying that Māori need a new voice in there.

“The reality is we’ve got a lot of traction around the issues that matter to people in terms of the elimination of sexual violence, in terms of holding the government to account around what’s happening in Corrections.”

Although Te Tai Tokerau is a funny electorate, split in two between rural Northland and urban West Auckland, it could be won by Harawira again, but only if he can manage a strong “get out the vote” campaign. Unfortunately for Harawira, he is forever tainted for selling his party and infrastructure to Kim Dotcom for a few pieces of silver and he uses Martyn Bradbury as some sort of political genius to provide advice.

Most people reject Marxism utterly, but Northland Maori seem to like the “stick it to the man” attitude, which is probably why they are impoverished.

Kelvin Davis, though, has been working hard representing the criminal classes and in Northland that will go down well. I’d love to be able to kick Labour/Davis for a one-term wonder who screwed it all up by championing criminals and not caring about voters. Let’s face it, Davis has been one of the most effective Labour MPs – but it hasn’t won them a single vote. It just made the corrections union happy.

I’m conflicted though…Kelvin Davis has proved to be such a disappointment since I helped him tip Hone out last time. I’m not sure if rinsing him for a bit of an object lesson in raw politics would hurt Labour more than leaving him in place. A lone MP like Hone Harawira is pretty harmless and it reduces Labour’s influence because in order to govern they would need his support and that will scare the voters more than the Green party.

That said, Hone Harawira does actually put something back into his people.

So, right now, put me down as ambivalent.


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