Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, April 4th, 2014 - 53 comments
Categories: child welfare, class war, election 2014, mana-party, Maori Issues, poverty, sustainability - Tags: annette sykes, TPPA, treaty issues
Annette Sykes will be a great voice in parliament for those Kiwis in most need.
There are reports recently that Annette Sykes has been out door knocking in her Waiariki electorate, and has developed a very effective on the ground organisation: RNZ
Mr Harawira says Ms Sykes, a Rotorua-based lawyer, has been doorknocking since Christmas.
“Actually I feel a bit sorry for Rawiri tossing his 10-gallon hat into it this time. There’s bugger-all of a Labour team operating in that area at the moment. The last crew has pretty much given up because the word I get from them is they don’t want to go fighting for something when they know (David) Cunliffe is not cutting it for a lot of them, he’s not providing the kind of leadership and it’s kind of heartbreaking for a lot of them whereas Annette on the other hand, she’s got a team. They’re just rolling,” he says,
Annette gave a fiery and well targeted speech at last weekend’s TPPA protest. She outlined some of the international aspects of the TPPA, the threat to national sovereignty, and stated clearly and directly how this will impact on people in the Bay of Plenty area. For instance, she talked about the death bees, the threats to local horticultural industries and “our ability to feed our own”. She cited the possibility of being sued by Monsanto. She said the money spent by the government on enabling the TPPA would be better spent on feeding the kids.
And she talked about the need for various parties and organisations to work together to oppose the TPPA.
Some are talking about splits in the Mana Party as Hone weighs up the pros and cons of working with the Internet Party. He also has talked of being in dialogue with Labour MPs and the Green Party. Furthermore, Hone has been clear that he also has some concerns and that the Mana Party will consider the possibilities via a democratic processes.
The Mana party membership would make a preliminary decision on working with the Internet Party at the AGM on April 12. However, Mr Harawira doubted that would be the final call.
Hone clearly knows that Annette is a major asset for the Mana Party, and will attend to her views on the Internet Party.