BY-ELECTION IN TE TAI TOKERAU TO LAUNCH MANA PARTY
Just left the Marae. Lot's of energy for a new party. Hone is going back to Te Tai Tokerau for a mandate for his new party. Expect to see Annette Sykes as number two. Matt McCarten is Campaign Director, 500 signatures started on the day. Expect to see, Nandor, Sue Bradford and John Minto involved.
The clever 'Hone Heke' financial transaction tax was well received.
The Speaker can turn down a request for a byelection if it is within 6 months of the general election, meaning the Speaker should go ahead asap.
6 weeks of media exposure is exactly what the country needs to hear the vision Hone has to articulate to an angry electorate who feel disconnected from the current regime. He needs 85 000 party votes to win 5 MPs and change the Parliamentary math.
This is a math some mainstream media didn't seem to now, hence their lack of appreciation for the political realities that are presenting themselves. A vote for John is a vote for Don will drive the moderates from National and the far right to ACT, National will tumble and may not have enough allies to form a Parliamentary majority.
The truce with the Maori Party will stand. That is important. It's a solid truce. The Maori Party and Mana Party should work together after the election, especially as a Brash-Key Government would move to end Maori Seats. The Maori Party, Mana Party, Greens and Labour Government sounds a lot less frightening as Monty Burns being Finance Minister.