No love lost between Peters and Hariwira

Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira is issuing an 11th hour call to arms, asking voters to ignore the calls from National, Labour and NZ First to support his Labour opponent Kelvin Davis.

The Mana leader has been targeted in the last days of the campaign, with John Key, David Cunliffe and Winston Peters all endorsing Mr Davis.

Mr Harawira has also claimed that the Maori Party may be telling supporters to vote for Mr Davis. The Maori Party has said strategic voting was considered, but ultimately dismissed.

Mr Harawira issued a statement this morning asking voters to “hold fast to their mana” again the party leaders who have “ganged together” against him.

“I call on our people to answer them in the strongest way possible, by making sure that every one of your whanau gets down to the polling booths over the next 48 hours and votes for me”, Mr Harawira said.

“Now some party leaders want to take away their right to freely choose their next MP, and that’s just not right.”

He again defended his arrangement with the internet Party and its backer Kim Dotcom, saying it was the best way to get more Mana MPs into parliament.

Hasn’t quite turned out that way, has it Hone? ?At 1%, it’s just you. ?At 1.2% it’s just you and Laila, and Laia isn’t Mana. ?So it doesn’t look like you got there at all – except for the nice nest egg you sold your soul for. ?

Mr Peters even went so far as to publicly endorse Mr Harawira’s opponent, Labour’s Kelvin Davis – the first time in his long career he has asked supporters to give their electorate vote to someone from a different party.

He and Mrs Turia both accused Mr Harawira, leader of the Mana Party, of selling out to internet Party founder Kim Dotcom.

The seat is critical to internet-Mana, who need Mr Harawira to win or face oblivion unless the party can pass the 5 per cent threshold. A loss could also hurt the left bloc overall, by rendering any votes for the party wasted.

Mr Harawira claimed this week that the Maori Party was considering telling their supporters to vote for Mr Davis.

Mrs Turia said strategic voting was ruled out, but was initially considered because polling had showed the party would not do well and a campaign is expensive.

She said she would not tell Maori Party supporters to vote for Mr Davis, but was disturbed by Mr Harawira’s deal with Dotcom.

“What Hone is doing is selling a Maori seat to a person who has no interest in doing what is right as far as tangata whenua are concerned. We believe [ Dotcom]’s interfering in democracy, and how dare Hone sell a Maori seat to somebody like Kim Dotcom.”

It’s little too late now Winston. ?Tariana. ?Where were you when we needed you? ?Leaving it to the last two days is way too late.

Cross fingers, and the next Government won’t have Peters nor Harewira in it.

 

– Derek Cheng, NZ Herald

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