The candidates list for Kim Dotcom's Internet Party has
been announced this morning.
The fledgling party says it showcases "a strong and diverse
group of Kiwis committed to leading positive change" for New
Zealand in the digital age.
A list of 15 candidates, headed by Internet Party leader
Laila Harre, will contest the 2014 General Election, with a
focus on Internet MANA's drive for the all-important party
"The candidates were selected following a tough nationwide
selection process designed to find the best and brightest
people able to champion the Internet Party's core policies
and principles," a statement says.
Ranging in age from 23-48, the Internet Party's candidates
reflect an impressive depth and breadth of expertise and
experience, Ms Harre said.
"We ran a rigorous, merit-based selection process, with
rankings reflecting a combination of party membership input,
using digital technology, alongside executive consideration,"
"The candidates we've selected had no sponsors, no 'machine'
behind them -- they put themselves forward because they
believe in what the Internet Party stands for and are
committed getting the change of government we so urgently
need on September 20."
Ms Harre said the Internet Party's candidates, who would
stand in strategic electorates throughout the country, would
be excellent servants of the party's membership.
"This lineup gives me huge motivation for our voter
mobilisation campaign to succeed, because the more Internet
MANA votes we earn, the more we'll see of this high-calibre
of leadership in Parliament," she said.
"Each individual candidate brings integrity, intelligence and
innovation. As a team we've already started working
"Each candidate has proved they're fired up to run successful
electorate and party vote campaigns that embody the goals of
the Internet Party and our members."
While the list reflects the Internet Party's rapidly growing
national appeal, Ms Harre said the party's candidates were
particularly strong in the critical Auckland region.
"We've got incredibly talented and diverse candidates active
in the Auckland region, where there's a need for strong
progressive leadership in Parliament. In terms of social
issues and technology issues, we have a group of people from
The Internet Party's candidates will join the combined
Internet MANA list to contest the party vote.
MANA will have first, third and fourth positions on the list.
Ms Harre will be second on the combined list, with the
Internet Party also taking fifth and sixth spots. Subsequent
places on the Internet MANA list will be assigned on an
alternating basis between the two component parties.
Both parties will contest electorate seats with their own
identity, candidates and policies.
The parties will not compete against each other in any
Full candidate information can be found here: https://internet.org.nz/candidates.
1. Laila Harre (Leader) -- electorate TBA
2. Chris Yong -- Te Atatu
3. Miriam Pierard -- Auckland Central
4. David Currin -- Whangarei
5. Beverley Ballantine -- Ilam
6. Gil Ho -- Northcote
7. Pani Farvid -- Palmerston North
8. Patrick Salmon -- East Coast
9. Roshni Sami -- Kelston
10. Callum Valentine -- Wellington Central
11. Grant Keinzley -- Taranaki-King Country
12. Lois McClintock -- Wigram
13. Robert Stewart -- Dunedin North
14. Raymond Calver -- Hamilton East
15. Andrew LePine -- Dunedin South