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.