The usual tory cheerleaders have been quick to heap further bile on Hone Harawira:
Harawira’s recount bid backfires
Mana leader Hone Harawira has failed in his bid to overturn the result in Te Tai Tokerau after an official recount delivered his opponents more votes.
The recount bid did not “backfire”, because Hone never expected to win the seat on recount (and the slightly amended totals are irrelevant). He had different goals:
Mr Harawira applied for the recount on Tuesday because his party was concerned about the large number of discarded votes in the Maori electorate and wanted independent scrutiny of the results. Mr Harawira also believed Maori voters had been mistreated at polling booths.
He was very clear about this on a recent Morning Report.
The glee with which certain elements of the commentariat are enjoying Hone’s loss is pretty revolting. Whether you agree with the man or not he earned the right, with what he was trying to accomplish, to a bit of respect.