Former Alliance Party MP Laila Harre is expected to be
announced as the leader of Kim Dotcom's Internet Party
A well placed source indicated to the Herald this afternoon
that speculation that Ms Harre had been appointed was
Internet Party chief executive Vikram Kumar and Mana Party
Leader Hone Harawira yesterday refused to comment on who the
leader would be, but Mr Harawira said it was a "'high
calibre" person, and Mr Kumar said it would be "a known"
The appointment of a leader was a crucial step in sealing the
electoral alliance between the Internet Party and Mana which
was confirmed yesterday.
At that time, Mr Harawira said "once it became clear who they
were talking to in terms of the leader it made it easier for
us to continue the negotiations".
Ms Harre was a former Alliance MP and worked as advisor for
the Green Party until recently. Now at CTU she is working on
the Get Out and Vote campaign.
Left wing blogger Martyn Bradbury who has worked on strategy
for the Internet Party this afternoon wrote: "The secret is
out. Laila Harre will be the new leader of the Internet
Party. So if this works the way we hope it will, Hone
Harawira, Laila Harre, Annette Sykes and John Minto will be
"Where's all that left wing angst and screams of sell out
Internet Party chief executive Vikram Kumar said party "isn't
commenting on the leader at all up till 2pm tomorrow''.
He said Mr Bradbury "has zero influence, advice or role with
the Internet Party''.
National Government Minister Gerry Brownlee said Ms Harre had
"destroyed'' the Alliance, "largely by having differences of
opinion about how left wing policy should be presented and I
guess by being right out of step with then-leader Jim
It was "highly unlikely'' she would work well with the
"I think the history is that it's Laila's way or no way''.
Broadcaster and former Alliance Party MP Willie Jackson said
it was "great news'' that Ms Harre would be Internet Party
"I'm really pleased that Laila's getting back into it. She's
someone I've worked with and I've always admired her
politics. She's a woman of principle and she'll be a great
advocate in terms of working class people.
"I think it's a very smart and strategic move by both
- By Adam Bennett of the NZ Herald