Harawira to force by-election

Hone Harawira has annoucned he’s going to resign from parliament to force a by-election.

The by-election is expected to cost $500,000. Under Electoral Commission rules, a by-election cannot occur with less than six months until an election, but Harawira’s announcement will come just one month ahead of that deadline.

What a waste of money.

Although there is one way to stop him – call an earlier election.

John Key announced in February that the election would be on November 26 – just a few weeks earlier and it would be within six months of Harawira’s resignation.

16 Responses to Harawira to force by-election

  1. robertguyton says:

    How disrespectful of Harawira!
    The bare-faced cheek of the man!
    Have him horse-whipped, I say!


  2. Inventory2 says:

    So where’s your support now Rob? The Greens? Or the Hone, Nandor, Sue, Annette and Matt Party?


  3. robertguyton says:

    My support doesn’t change with the wind Inv.
    Green to the core, me.
    Hone’s giving you Conservatives conniptions I see. That’s his prime role and he’s very good at it.
    Shifting your alliegence to Brash are you Inv?
    He and Key make a gangly, goofy pair – one that all ordinary New Zealanders should fear.


  4. Fredinthegrass says:

    Hone is just doing what Maori have become very clever at doing – using the system.
    In this case if he resigns he should not be able to stand for re-election, which of course under the law he can.
    But it does prove to me it is all about Hone – not about people who need good representation.


  5. JC says:

    My reading is National should seriously fight this election.. not necessarily to win but to introduce a candidate for the general election. Do it with Key good humouredly saying the Northern Maori deserve a contest.. and my reading is Northern Maori will appreciate it.. they like fighters up there.

    Make it a fight between National and the Mana party with a destitute Labour following on.. Tau Henare, are you listening?

    Whatever, dont push the line that the election will cost $500,000.. everyone knows this is chickenfeed in the general scheme of things.. do you really think that Northland Maori care a hoot what it costs the rich pricks?

    A snap election like this is always.. always! an opportunity for every party to select a candidate for the occasion and go at it hammer and tongs and create some theatre. The (National) loser cannot lose a fight like this if he fights well and establishes benchmarks on which to judge the winner.



  6. homepaddock says:

    Fred – of course it’s all about him.

    JC – see the update to today’s post on the by-election. Naitonal hasn’t stood a cnadidate in Maori electorates in the last couple of elections. The Maori Party ahs said it won’t put a candidate up against Harawira. If it sticks with that it’s possible a Labour candidate could take the seat.


  7. Richard says:

    Strange that the Maori Party are not fielding a candidate. They said they would if Hone continued to be critical of the MP. A Maori Party insider has told me that the Party has the evidence.


  8. robertguyton says:

    They might as well Richard – they’ve betrayed everything else Hone believes in.


  9. homepaddock says:

    “Strange that the Maori Party are not fielding a candidate.” Could it be they don’t want to split the vote to give Labour a better chance and keep Hone out of parliament?

    Robert – if the Maori Party hadn’t been in coalition with National the Maroi seats would have gone.


  10. robertguyton says:

    Hone Harawira and his Mana Party people stand against elitism in all its forms. National do just the opposite and will be the target of Hone and Mana. The Maori Party have adopted National’s elitist behaviour and will suffer alongside of Key.
    Just sayin’.


  11. homepaddock says:

    “The National Party seeks a safe, prosperous and successful New Zealand that creates opportunities for all New Zealanders to reach their personal goals and dreams.”

    That’s elitist Robert?


  12. Richard says:

    Ele, -have not heard this view before: ‘Robert – if the Maori Party hadn’t been in coalition with National the Maroi seats would have gone.”?
    Although, I agree- Maori seats are an anachronism.

    Robert: “Hone Harawira and his Mana Party people stand against elitism” really?
    From Kiwi Blog:
    Danyl at Dim-Post:

    “Sometimes I just want to strap the entire spectrum of left-wing politicians into dentists chairs and patiently explain to them – using chisels and barbed wire – that most the state’s wealth comes from ordinary people working hard and then giving a huge chunk of their income to the government, so spending it is a sacred trust not an endless opportunity to squander it all on gimmicks and whims and political stunts.”
    This, from a left wing blog, says everything about Mana and the left.
    But does it not come down to the failures of MMP? -too allow the cranky, individuals and parties to form.
    I can imagine the first caucus meeting where everyone is given the opportunity to present their wishes and it will be down hill from there


  13. homepaddock says:

    Richard – abolishing the Moari seats was one of national’s policy planks in the 2005 election which was dropped in coalition negotiations iwth the Maori Party.

    I used Danyl’s quote in my first post this morning. It’s a cracker.

    Cranky parties can form under almost any system. The trouble with MMP is that it allows them to enter parliament, and possibly government too easily.


  14. robertguyton says:

    Ele – “The National Party seeks a safe, prosperous and successful New Zealand etc, etc…”
    Is that elitism?
    That’s spin.
    Elitism is what the National Party really stands for.


  15. JC says:

    “Elitism is what the National Party really stands for.”

    Lets look at that..

    Full indexation for inflation for all benefits. Labour went nine years allowing benefits to erode to hell.

    Closing the loopholes that allowed the better off to claim speculative property purchases expenses against other income. Labour caused the problem in the first place and were personally major beneficiaries of it. And Phil still hasn’t sold his own property spec as he promised to do.

    Going after the rich claiming WFF.. that wasn’t Labour.

    Full compensation of beneficiaries for the GST increase, Labour didn’t do that .

    Oh.. you mean the changes in tax? Well, according to two studies, we are still paying significantly more than the Australians:




  16. robertguyton says:

    More spin.


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