Kim Dotcom's Internet Party says it will respond to
potential ally Mana's demand that it commit to getting rid of
the National Government when it launches its drive for members
Mana and the Internet Party, which is yet to be officially
registered, this week confirmed they've been talks about a
potential alliance to contest this year's election.
But Mana Leader and sole MP Hone Harawira last night said Mr
Dotcom "would have to commit to getting rid of National and
changing the government before MANA would consider any deal
with his Internet Party".
"That's a bottom line for MANA. I resigned from the Maori
Party because their relationship with National was, and
continues to be, destructive to Maori. We won't be going back
there for anyone."
Mr Harawira said his party would work co-operatively with any
party that was committed to changing the current Government,
"and I don't think the Internet Party is ready to take that
stand at the moment".
Internet Party chief executive Vikram Kumar was not ready to
give that commitment this morning.
"I think the questions are best answered after tomorrow when
we release our action agenda which is ten high level points
which we would like to focus on."
Nevertheless, he said Mr Harawira's statement was "'quite a
"They've now communicated their expectations quite clearly
and I think that's a good sign in terms of the Internet Party
being now able to have better internal discussions on how we
would like to respond to that."
Asked why Mr Harawira made the public call for the commitment
to change the Government last night given he has been in
direct private discussions with Mr Dotcom and the Internet
Party, Mr Kumar said: "My understanding is that Hone's
statement is effectively reflecting the views of the Mana
Party as a whole particularly their executive board or
council and so that's a bit different than an individual
leader or a few people stating their views".
In his statement, Mr Harawira said Mana's executive had
decided "there won't be any more meetings on possible
co-operation until their intentions are clear".
"We're just going to get on with planning our electorate and
party vote campaigns. If the Internet Party commits to
getting rid of National, announcing policies similar to
Mana's and getting candidates and leaders that can be trusted
to implement them, then we can talk. They know how to get in
touch with us".
Mr Harawira's comments come as Mana member and veteran
activist Sue Bradford threatened to leave the party if any
deals were made with the Internet Party.
- By Adam Bennett of the NZ Herald