This morning's Herald-DigiPoll survey showing the Internet
Mana Party would get two seats in Parliament means the
electoral alliance has made it "first base" but still needs
to hit a home run, Internet Party Leader Laila Harré says.
The poll had the combined Internet Mana Party at 1.4 per cent
which would take Ms Harré - who is second on the party list
behind Mana Leader Hone Harawira - into Parliament, assuming
Mr Harawira holds his Te Tai Tokerau seat in September.
"That will give others confidence in voting for us in
September", Ms Harré told the Herald.
"What I'm very pleased about is that the Internet Mana
alliance is cementing itself into people's consciousness and
people can have confidence that their party votes for
Internet Mana won't be wasted."
However she didn't agree with suggestions that Internet
Mana's support was coming at the expense of the Green Party
whose support fell by two points.
"It's impossible to tell where votes have transferred from.
We think it's likely that the number of undecideds has grown
and undecided voters have moved towards us as well."
She also said the fact the poll and other media polls were
based on response via landline telephones meant a key group
of potential voters -- particularly youth who predominantly
used mobile phones -- were left out.
"If we are very successful in mobilising the youth vote, then
that's unlikely to show up in media polls."
However, overall, "the polls tell a part of the story and in
terms of this one I think they tell a good story, for us
we're at first base and our job's to hit a home run".
Commenting on the poll's question about Internet Mana's plan
to coat-tail MPs into Parliament on Mr Harawira's seat, where
39 per cent found it was a legitimate use of rules against 43
per cent who said it was an unprincipled rort, Ms Harré said
responses would have been coloured by people's political
"It says to me that those want to see a change of Government
see the sense of agreements like this to bring that about."
Meanwhile, the Internet Party's push for young voters gathers
pace next month with a series of "Party Party" concerts in
Auckland Wellington Christchurch and Dunedin next month.
Party founder and party time DJ Kim Dotcom will be appearing
with acts including State of Mind, Optimus Gryme, Sons of
Zion, and Laughton and Brad Kora in the shows which Ms Harré
said were " focused on getting young Kiwis interested in
politics in a way that was fun and entertaining".
- By Adam Bennett of the NZ Herald