Mana Party leader Hone Harawira says he is not bothered
by the fact that Internet Party patron Kim Dotcom has a signed
copy of Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf.
"And I don't think he bought it particularly to read. I think
it was a massive investment," he said.
Other politicians had read books by Jospeh Stalin and George
"You can't judge people by the books they read."
Mr Harawira said he had started Karl Marx's classic on
capitalism but never finished it.
"I couldn't read that Das Kapital - it was just too hard."
Mr Harawira said he had read books about all sorts of people:
Malcolm X, Genghis Khan, Geronimo, Hone Heke.
And he said Labour MP Shane Jones had just finished reading a
series of books on Julius Caesar.
Mr Harawira's party has been have talks about co-operating
with the Internet Party at the election but has put the talks
on hold until it knows more about it, such as its policies,
its candidates, and its leader.
Dotcom admitted owning the rare copy of Adolf Hitler's Mein
Kampf last night, on the eve of his Internet Party launch.
In an interview with 3 News last night, the German internet
entrepreneur said he had bought a rare signed copy of
Hitler's autobiography at an auction four years ago.
"I'm a Call of Duty player right ... It's all
about World War II and how you play and I'm a big fan of
that. I've bought memorabilia from Churchill, from Stalin,
But Mr Dotcom denied his ownership of the book meant he
subscribed to Hitler's Nazi ideology.
"Well let me make it absolutely clear, I'm not buying into
the Nazi ideology. I'm totally against what the Nazis did."
A spokesman for Mr Dotcom told the Herald the Megaupload
founder, who is fighting a US bid to extradite him on
internet piracy charges, decided to go public over the book
before his adversaries did.
He and his camp were aware of "insinuations" that Mr Dotcom
owned the book which were "part of an ongoing smear campaign
that's been fomented by various bloggers and opponents"
including Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater.
"That's where it's been coming from by and large. It didn't
take a lot of rocket science as it were what the general
thrust of these things were. It's something that we thought
we should front-foot."
Mr Dotcom indicated his copy was dedicated to the man Hitler
shared a prison cell with when he wrote the book, "so it was
one of the first prints and probably the first book he
signed". In April 2011, UK auctioneer Mullocks sold a rare
signed first-edition Mein Kampf for about $35,000 to a buyer
reported as being from Munich.
That edition was dedicated by Hitler to Hermann Esser, a
founding member of the Nazi Party who was an inmate with
Hitler in Landsberg Prison. Mr Dotcom said his World War II
memorabilia including Mein Kampf were worth a lot of money,
"and I think in another 100 years that book will probably go
up in value times 10".
Jewish Federation of New Zealand president Stephen Goodman
said Mr Dotcom's ownership of Nazi memorabilia was upsetting
and could cost him support in New Zealand.
"We're always disappointed that anyone wants to make profit
out of the suffering of others and making profit out of Nazi
war memorabilia shows great disrespect to those who
Internet Party chief executive Vikram Kumar said Mr Dotcom's
admission would not affect today's party membership launch.
The Internet Party will formally launch its bid to sign up
the 500 members necessary for registration at midday today
and will be the first party approved to use online and
smartphone technology to do so.
Mr Kumar said the launch at Mr Dotcom's Coatesville mansion
will also see the release of a 10-point "Action Agenda"
giving prospective members the first detail of the party's
Mr Dotcom's Mein Kampf admission comes days after he Mr
Harawira confirmed they had been in talks over a potential
alliance to contest this year's election.
But Mr Harawira yesterday 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".
• The Internet Party's "Action Agenda'' today will likely
include polices about:
• Better and faster internet, including a plan to promote a
second international data link to New Zealand.
• Reform of laws around internet mass surveillance by
• Plans to ensure rural areas get fast internet.
• Promoting more internet-based employment and economic
• A review of New Zealand's involvement in the Trans Pacific