The irrelevant and the clueless planning to kill King Winston

Apparently the Maori Party and Hone Harewira are chatting about working together to oust Winston as the Kingmaker.

…Maori Party President Tuku Morgan and Mana Party Co-Leader Hone Harawira are talking about ending the split between the two parties threatens Winston Peters’ inexorable march to holding the balance of power after the next election.

The rapprochement has its origins in a campaign by Maori Party MP Marama Fox to get the two parties talking. […]

Mr Harawira said he knew she had been trying to convince the Maori Party that it should end the split for some time, but it had been falling on deaf ears.He said he too wanted the split to end, and he too had found his calls falling on deaf ears in the Mana Party.

He said that if Maori wanted an independent voice, he wouldn’t care what it was called or who was the leader.

Mr Harawira and Ms Fox want Maori to hold the balance of power, and that would necessarily sideline Winston Peters and NZ First.

Richard Harman, who penned this piece, is normally sharper than this.  The whole premise here is very shaky and highly unlikely, for no other reason than the assumption that Winston Peters somehow has a huge Maori party vote.  That is, a party vote from Maori. 

The deal appeared to be sealed yesterday when Mr Morgan had breakfast with Mr Harawira, and RNZ reported that Mr Harawira also said he was open to a formal merger or alliance with the Māori Party.

In a statement following the meeting, Maori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox said they wanted to reiterate there was “currently no appetite for a formal alliance” between the two parties.

But they said the Māori Party was open to a “more cohesive relationship”.

Remarkable that Hone, who has a very distinct vertical brand that only works for Te Tai Tokerau, north of Auckland, would make the same mistake twice.  Last time he cuddled up to the Internet party to combine party vote, and the electorate punished resoundingly him for it.   It appears he thinks that this time it will turn out better.

As figures in Maori politics began to digest the news it became clear that if the two parties agreed to do a deal on electorate seats so that Mr Harawira could return to Parliament, then the Maori Party might also be able to persuade Mana not to stand in Tamaki Makaurau and Te Tai Hauauru, which based on the last election results, would hand both of those seats over from Labour to the Maori Party.

However, it is not clear how much support Mr Morgan and Ms Fox have from Maori Party Co-Leader Te Ururoa Flavell. Both Mr Flavell and Mr Harawira have in the past each said in they could not work with each other.

But Ms Fox’s strategy, which is to hold the balance of power at the expense of New Zealand First, was clearly laid out […]

“Everyone is pinning their hopes on Winston to be the kingmaker,” she said, talking about the next election.

“But if the Maori vote comes home to the Maori Party then we absolutely could be the kingmaker at the next election.

There are much greater forces at work that will ensure Hone won’t be back, the Maori party won’t win a single seat, and United Future also won’t return after the 2017 election.

The electorate is sick and tired of little parties showing no respect for the voters and there is an underlying dissatisfaction with any tail wagging the dog.  The voters will accept it reluctantly from Winston, but they are already fed up to the back teeth by Peter Dunne keeping National from implementing RMA reform.

The only way Hone can get back is if he’s placed second on a combined Mana/Maori list.  He won’t take Te Tai Tokerau off Kelvin Davis.  And the general party vote for such a Mana/Maori unholy alliance will make it extremely risky for any Maori party person who is third on the list.

Hone cuddling up to the Maori party will invoke images and memories of Dotcom and the Internet-Mana alliance.  That memory is still too fresh, and the fear of radicals being in the driver’s seat whenever the largest parties want anything done is real.


– Richard Harman, Politik


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