Like the American debt limit deal, I always thought that Mana and Maori would find some kind of bloody compromise at the eleventh hour. It is so obviously in the best interests of the two to cooperate. But they’ve passed the point of no return now.
Mana to take on Maori Party seat-for-seat
Hone Harawira’s Mana party will go head to head with the Maori Party in all seven Maori seats, and stand high-profile candidates in some general seats. …
“Our research tells us that if every poor [person] voted for Mana we’d capture half the votes in Parliament,” says Mr Harawira.
That’s a clever line.
Mr Harawira has so far been the face of the Mana party. But by this afternoon, there were three, Harawira flanked by the new co-Vice Presidents – activists Annette Sykes and John Minto.
Mana will stand in all seven Maori seats, and some general ones. There is no official word yet on who will stand where, but it is understood Ms Sykes, Mr Minto and former Green MP Sue Bradford will be on the ballot. …
A Maori Party spokesperson said they had no comment about today’s announcement.
The Maori Party is going to get decimated (in the modern sense of the word), possibly wiped out. Good news for Labour, who will pick up more Maori seats this time. What’s going to become of Mana is harder to predict – the personalities and the policies certainly polarise opinion! I admire their passion and most of their goals, but many lefty activists whose opinions I respect are very wary of Mana. Time will tell I guess.