Prime Minister John Key has ramped up his criticism of
Kim Dotcom in the wake of the union of the Internet Party and
Mana Party, saying Dotcom was trying to "buy influence" and
there was nothing Dotcom had in common with either Laila Harre
or Hone Harawira.
He said he had little doubt Mr Dotcom was simply trying to
get politicians in place who might be able to help block his
"You've got a guy who can't buy a house in New Zealand, but
he can buy a political party. I think most New Zealanders
would look at that and be pretty cynical about it. No one
should be under any illusion.
"This is a very wealthy guy trying to buy a political party
to stop himself being extradited."
He said Ms Harre and Mr Harawira had "zero" in common with
"Kim Dotcom lives in a house that is probably worth about $25
million. FBI records show the hundreds of millions of dollars
that came with him.
"And you're telling me he's a natural bedfellow of Laila
Harre and Hone Harawira? If you believe that then you believe
Santa Claus is going to turn up 12 times a year just to make
New Zealand a more joyous place."
The Internet Mana deal is aimed at maximising the number of
MPs Harawira can bring into Parliament with him if he holds
his Te Tai Tokerau electorate.
He said he had not known the law allowed parties to stand as
joint force and then split into separate parties after the
election and "it seems a bit of a rort."
Mr Key said there was a difference between that and the deals
National struck over electorates with Act in Epsom and United
Future's Peter Dunne in Ohariu. "Those people win their seats
outright, in their own right. Their motivations are the
beliefs of those parties. That's not the case here."
He said the Internet Mana Party's first joint policy of free
tertiary education was "unaffordable and New Zealanders will
"That's what you're going to see from the far left of
politics. You'll be led by Russel Norman, Kim Dotcom, Mana,
David Cunliffe, you're going to see extreme examples that New
Zealand can't afford and fundamentally promises they can
Mr Key said he was not worried about the impact of the
Internet Mana Party on National because it would take votes
from the Greens and "disaffected Labour voters" rather than
"From National's point of view it's of no great relevance.
But if you're Metiria Turei, Russel Norman, maybe David
Cunliffe, you might be just a little more worried."
- By Claire Trevett of the NZ Herald