No rush Hone

Hone Harawira has delayed his resignation.

Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has delayed his planned resignation from Parliament, saying he wants to take the decision back to the people of his Te Tai Tokerau electorate.

Mr Harawira said at the launch of his new Mana Party on Saturday that he would resign from Parliament yesterday to force a byelection.

But yesterday he said he would now probably not decide until after he had further consulted his supporters in Northland.

“The people back home make the decision on where and when. So I will be taking it back to them to get their views.”

Good on Hone, standing on his principles. He has plenty of time, until May 26, so it is right that he spends the next couple of weeks consulting widely in his electorate.

There are a number of things to do, he needs to make sure he has the 500 members of the new party in order to?quickly?get registration and he also wants to stand as the Mana Party candidate which he can’t do until the party is registered. He should be able to muster the members in that time, particularly if UNITE union members become affiliates. Once the Electoral Commission registeres the party then he is good to go.