Internet Mana Party

Just 1% in it, Maori party supporters need to vote for Kelvin Davis

Maori Television has a shock poll in Te Tai Tokerau, showing that Kelvin Davis is within 1% of tipping over Hone Harawira.

A major upset could be ahead for Hone Harawira in the M?ori electorate of Te Tai Tokerau, given the close battle between him and Kelvin Davis according to our M?ori Television poll results.

Hone Harawira is still leading the electorate on 38%. ?However Kelvin Davis is on 37%, so there is just 1% between them.

No doubt, Hone Harawira’s knees will be shaking from those numbers and so too will Internet-MANA. ?? Read more »

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. Read more »

NZ Herald and Internet Mana have no care in the world

Some days ago I ran a story about mobilize.org.nz being promoted as a non-partisan web site by the NZ Herald. ?Of course, the web site is an Internet Mana initiative, or more specifically, an Internet Party initiative. ?It employs a multi-level-marketing peer-pressure social media kind of reward system if you promise to vote. ? The strong inference is, you are expected to vote for Internet Mana.

Judging by previous attempts by Kim Dotcom to game the system, it wouldn’t surprise me if the network of mobile numbers they are collecting is so that they can encourage people “in their tree” to contact their “downlines” to vote. ?The more downlines you have, the more likely it is you will get some kind of reward.

Of course, if it talks like a duck, walks like a duck, it’s a duck. ?We can all see this.

But the Electoral Commission, which received many complaints over this issue, is taking a “nothing to see here until something actually happens”, and “we have just warned them to be good” kind approach.

This is the letter people have received after having raised this web site and the NZ Herald article (later also promoted via Fairfax)

References to Mobilize in New Zealand Herald Article

Thank you for your enquiry regarding the references to Mobilize in the NZ Herald article entitled ?In early to make your vote count from today?.? The article appeared online and in the hard copy edition.

It is unfortunate that the article appears to have included information about Mobilize and the mobilize website along with information about the Electoral Commission?s advance voting services and website.

The Electoral Commission is in no way associated with the Mobilize initiative and has not endorsed it.? We have raised this issue with the NZ Herald and we understand that the NZ Herald website has been amended to remove the Mobilize website reference immediately after that of the Commission. Read more »

The Internet Mana Party really do want to break all the rules

via ODT

via ODT

Their message is all about disruption. ?Just about everything they do is semi-anarchic and destructive of society in general. ?And the general arrogance and disdain for even the most basic of human decencies is on display every day.

Here’s an example. ?It may not be a “big deal”, but it illustrates their contempt for the rest of us. ? Read more »

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 mobilize.org.nz “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. ?mobilize.org.nz 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 mobilize.org.nz is to encourage “anyone” to vote…. yes, sure… as long as it is for Internet Mana. Read more »

This is beyond absurd. NZ Herald fronting an Internet MANA voter scam

You may recall me looking at mobilize.org.nz a few days ago. ?It is a web site that is a very thinly disguised effort by the Internet/Mana parties to get a mailing list and to provide social pressure and possible incentives for voting. ? This is yet another party-aligned web site that pretends to be neutral by skirting the electoral rules. ?I mean, why not? ?The message is out that any electoral law transgressions will earn you a “caution” from police… at worst.

NZ Herald has a piece this morning on voting early. ? Here’s the headline

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That’s fine.

Here’s the photo. ? Read more »

The thin veneer is peeling off the Internet MANA “movement”

Georgina Beyer, bless her cotton socks, is not for sale:

issue74Internet Mana candidate Georgina Beyer has gone rogue and come out swinging at her party’s so-called visionary, Kim Dotcom.

She says [Kim Dotcom] is?pulling the strings and is in politics for all the wrong reasons – including revenge.

Internet Mana’s the party that’s big on going big – big names, big productions, big personalities. But now it seems it’s got big problems too.

“Who is pulling the strings? Well, the big man himself,” says Ms Beyer.

Ms Beyer, a former Labour MP and New Zealand’s first transgender MP, is Mana’s candidate in the southern Maori seat of Te Tai Tonga.

She believes Dotcom is tearing her party apart. Read more »

IMPORTANT: Update on Pak ‘n Save

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Whaleoil has been under a well organised and sustained attack. ?We’ve had a Denial of Service attack, which shut the blog down for a number of days. ?We have had some of our emails and Facebook chats hacked. ?We’ve been under a commercial attack where advertisers have been approached with a very one-sided story, and based on that, withdrawn their advertising from Whaleoil.

Yesterday, I ran an update on this situation, reporting that of all the advertisers that has made public statement about blocking their advertisements from Whaleoil, only Foodstuff (fronting for Pak ‘n Save) was refusing to talk to any of the communication you sent them. ?And – no ads.

As a result, I felt it was fair enough to call the block a deliberate stance.

Mere hours later, as if by magic, Pak ‘n Save ads started to appear on the web site. ? Read more »

The left’s economic sabotage of Whaleoil – progess report

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As you may recall, the left, through their attack blogs, have been systematically targeting advertisers on Whaleoil.

Among those that knee-jerked some reactions based on a very one-sided complaint (and without consulting with us), were Powershop and Flight Centre.

I’m happy to report that both of those companies have recommenced their advertising. ? This isn’t a sign they support us. ?Instead, it’s a sign that they will advertise wherever their customers are. ?And with a quarter of a million of you, their customers are Whaleoil readers too.

Keep in mind that Whaleoil?never called for a customer boycott on these companies. ?In fact, we only revealed Powershop as one of the companies involved until?after?they reversed their decision to block advertising.

So, any of you who took your business away from Powershop and/or Flight Centre, please take these developments into account when you do your business in future.

(and let’s face it, $159 per person one way to Sydney or Brizzy is a good start when you easily pay double to get to Queenstown)

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It couldn’t happen here. Surely not

Great Britain are on its 2nd highest terror alert. ? Because they fear the enemy within: ?their own Muslim citizens

Britain faces the “greatest and deepest” terror threat in the country’s history, Prime Minister David Cameron warned yesterday as he pledged emergency measures to tackle extremists.

The UK threat level was raised to “severe” – its second highest – meaning that a terrorist attack is “highly likely” in light of the growing danger from British jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria.

Cameron said the risk posed by Isis will last for “decades” and raised the prospect of an expanding terrorist nation “on the shores of the Mediterranean”.

He disclosed that Isis had made “specific” threats against the UK and did not rule out military action to tackle the growing problem.

More than 500 Britons are believed to have gone to Iraq and Syria and at least half have returned, with some feared to be planning attacks there. One major plot has been foiled.

The warning came as it emerged that a laptop seized from Isis in Syria contained research on how to make a biological bomb and religious justification for using it against civilians.

Tomorrow Cameron will unveil a number of “uncompromising” measures to help tackle British jihadists and fill the “gaps in our armoury”.

They will include stopping British fanatics from travelling to or returning from the war zones by making it easier to seize their passports.

He is also expected to tighten controls that can be put on the movement and activities of terror suspects within the UK.

Of course, when our New Zealand citizens move to terrorist counties, and they get “accidentally” blown up by a drone, parties like Labour and Greens are concerned his civil rights were violated. ?Not just that, they, and Kim Dotcom’s Internet Mana want the GCSB dealt to. ? Read more »

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