Harawira to campaign on the dole? – Updated

Hone Harawira mentioned during a radio interview yesterday (which I haven’t been able to find online) that he’d be on the dole when he resigned from parliament.

# Isn’t there a stand-down period for the unemployment benefit if you resign?

# Don’t you have to use up your savings before you get the benefit?

# Hasn’t he been earning considerably more than the average income for nearly six years?

# What has he done with all that money?

# If  he can’t manage his own money how can he be trusted with the public’s?

# Shouldn’t he be leading by example?

# If this is his example, where’s he leading his followers?

# Or did I misunderstand his comment and was he admitting he might not win the by-election and therefore be unemployed after June 25?

P.S.

# What will he tell his followers if, as looks very likely, the Mana Party won’t be registered before the by-election?

UPDATE:

Thanks to Kaisern the quote is:

 “It is going to be tough because I go back on the dole. . . “

7 Responses to Harawira to campaign on the dole? – Updated

  1. gravedodger says:

    Can we be certain that a John Hatfield is not already a beneficiary, maybe sickness.
    If WINZ were too afraid to visit Mr Harris of the pool fencing, new tires for the Chrysler fame then what about any poor bugger who had to knock on Titiwhai’s door to inquire.
    One thing is certain, the Hatfield family will know the fast track to welfare better than most of us.
    A substantial sector of his anticipated support at the polls will be on welfare of one sort or another.

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  3. Richard says:

    I doubt if Old Mother Hatfield has the administrative skills to realise that her dear boy may miss out on registration. Matt McCarten should have been on to that; its relatively simple.
    Supporters, Bradford, Tanczos, Minto, Sykes, are likely to be squirming a little and wondering where this is all leading to.
    Interesting to look at Hone’s electorate and its make up:
    http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/Electorates/7/4/6/DBHOH_Lib_EP_TeTaiTokerau_TOC_1-Te-Tai-Tokerau-Electorate-Profile.htm
    Particularly the Party vote in 2008 where Labour had the highest vote. It seems a pity that the Maori Party are intent on fielding a candidate.

  4. homepaddock says:

    Richrard – some think the vote will split between the Maori Party and Harawira to let Labour through but the anti vote him vote will split between the Maori Party and Labour might let him through.

    Thanks for the link Kaisern.

  5. Richard says:

    Fine, so, perhaps, the Maori Party should not field a candidate. Bit unsure about your “but the anti vote him vote will split–“?

  6. homepaddock says:

    Whoops – that should be the anti vote against him . . .

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