Discussions over a potential alliance with Kim Dotcom's
Internet Party will continue this week, a Mana Party source
Mr Dotcom says Hone Harawira's Mana is one of several parties
he is talking to about forming an alliance to contest the
He also claims he is talking to a number of MPs in electorate
seats about working with his party.
Internet Party chief executive Vikram Kumar yesterday said
there was no firm proposal on the table for the two groups to
work together. "Mana has to have their internal discussions."
However, the Herald understands the two parties will continue
talks this week over the proposal, which is already causing
Mana Party founding member Sue Bradford said she found it
astonishing the idea was even being considered.
"[Kim Dotcom] tried to make a go of it by buying the Right -
people like John Banks. That didn't work out for him and now
he seems to be making a go of buying the Left and I think
that's just going to end in tears as well."
Ms Bradford said some within Mana were looking for a shortcut
to build the party, "but there aren't any shortcuts to
building a credible party or movement".
The Internet Party, however, is using a shortcut to reach the
500 members necessary to formally register a political party,
securing Electoral Commission approval to become the first
party to sign up members via its website, or via apps for
iPhones, iPads or Android-equipped devices.
Mr Kumar confirmed Apple had yesterday approved the party's
app for its iOS system for iPhones and iPads, and the party's
membership push would be launched on Thursday.
He hoped that would enable the party to sign up enough
members and have members' digital signatures checked and the
party registered by the Electoral Commission within about six
He said some policy details would be released at Thursday's
membership launch at Mr Dotcom's Coatesville mansion.
Meanwhile, the Electoral Commission's decision allowing the
Internet Party to sign up members online has United Future
leader Peter Dunne seething.
The commission did not allow Mr Dunne's party to submit
online membership signings after it was forced to re-register
when its membership fell below 500 last year. "They did
decide about a month after they re-registered us to allow
online registrations but they have not had the courtesy and
the courage to apologise to United Future, which I think is
Joining the dots
Kim Dotcom's Internet Party is set to become New Zealand's
first political party registered via online memberships.
Prospective members can sign up via the party's website,
iPhone and Android-based apps.
The Internet Party membership drive will be launched at Mr
Dotcom's Coatesville Mansion on Thursday.