Gerard Hehir

Harawira attempting to make illegitimate votes legit

Hone Harawira has requested a recount in Te Tai Tokerau.

The fight isn?t over for former Mana MP Hone Harawira – he?s applying for a recount in Te Tai Tokerau after he failed to win the seat.

The Mana Movement filed a petition in the Kaitaia District Court today calling for the recount.

The seat was won by Labour?s Kelvin Davis, forcing Mr Harawira and his party out of parliament.

Mr Davis won the seat by 739 votes.

But Mana General Secretary Gerard Hehir told ONE News the party is concerned about the number of special and advanced votes that weren?t counted or were discarded due to their enrolment status.

He believes there are about 1000 votes that there may be problems with and that?s why he wants a Judge to take a look at it.

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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.

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About that donation

Yesterday The Internet party declared a donation of $250,000 from Kim Dotcom.

This is good.

However it does raise some significant issues.

I happen to know that Kim Dotcom has spent considerably more than that on the Internet party, let me explain.

Let’s start with the Internet Party boss, Vikram Kumar. He has stated publicly to the Herald on Sunday that he is on a 6 figure salary. Now I happen to know that it exceeds $200,000 but probably not more than $250,000 which is what his salary was as CEO of MEGA. He started in January.

The seven salaries are a bigger expense. Kumar, 51, acknowledges he is on a “fair” six-figure salary (pundits guess at $200,000-plus) and says that is a pay cut from his previous job as boss of Dotcom’s Mega cloud-sharing web start-up. But, he is at pains to add: “We’re not doing it for the money, I can tell you that.”

Then there are the other staff. There is John Mitchell, Gerard Hehir, Andy Pickering, Callum Valentine, Anna Sutherland and Graeme Edgeler. All of their salaries need to be paid too. All of them will be earning over $100,000.

So just on salaries alone there is a commitment for the election of at least $850,000 which makes a lie of this statement from John Mitchell.

“The total figure for Internet Party expenses in the pre-regulated period is expected to be substantially less than $1m,” he says. The party will then spend another $1m during the election campaign.

But even if it was true where are the declarations of the monies before the regulated period and the donations to support the spending of another $1M during the campaign.

On top of that is the Internet Party BBQ day at the Dotcom mansion. Sources tell me that cost over $50,000 to stage ?including the bouncy castle, stage hire and all the acts, not to mention the legions of staff to deal with the crowds, such as they were. Did the Internet party pay those bills? If they did then that comes out of the donations to?the?party as well.

As you can see we are mounting up the expenses with only $250,000 declared.? Read more »

Mana nervous of Kim Dotcom, while Hone tells us all lies

The wheels seem to be falling off the Dotcom trolley as it heads faster and faster down Extradition Street.

Last week the Supreme Court told the dodgy German that he can’t see all the evidence the FBI has amassed against him, that the Extradition Act applies and his date in court will be the extradition hearing.

With him living in the leakiest house north of the bridge it come as no surprise to him that his plans to rort the electoral system and fund or accommodate Hone Harawira’s Mana party have been leaked in full detail.

Mana activists aren’t happy. Vernon Small reports:

The Mana Party is taking a rain check on linking up with Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party until it sees its candidates, its policy planks and gets an assurance it is committed to a change of government.

The Megaupload founder is expected to launch his party on Thursday, and will need to secure 500 members to register it with the Electoral Commission.

He has floated the idea of a deal with the Hone Harawira-led Mana Party to help both of them secure more MPs after the September 20 election, but Mana remains wary.? Read more »

Dotcom boasts of owning another MP as well as the Mana party

I'm coming to steal your democracy

I’m coming to steal your democracy

Kim Dotcom continues to cut a swathe through NZ politics splashing the cash while still leaving his former staff and creditors unpaid.

He is now boasting how he owns a sitting MP and is in discussions with several more. This despite revelations of his illegal employment practices and slave wage.

Jonathan Milne at the Herald on Sunday writes:

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom claims he has signed up one sitting MP to join his new party before the election and is talking to three more – a poaching raid unprecedented in New Zealand politics.

He refuses to disclose the identity of the MP, saying it will be revealed once the Internet Party is registered and has chosen all its candidates, probably in June.

His revelation came in an exclusive interview with the?Herald on Sunday?yesterday.

Dotcom said he was also in talks with Mana Party leader Hone Harawira to unite their two parties under one umbrella, enabling the Internet Party to ride into Parliament on the coat-tails of the Te Tai Tokerau electorate MP.

The two leaders and their party bosses, Vikram Kumar and Gerard Hehir, met on February 28 at a house on Auckland’s North Shore.

The Mana Party executive will this week consider a merger proposal. Mana would bring one or two electorates, the Internet Party would bring a more broadly-based party vote and $1 million-plus in campaign funding.? Read more »