Internet MANA Party will retain their separate identities

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The news of the partnership between the Internet and Mana party has created a media storm throughout the country and abroad. Both Political parties are hailing the partnership as a win.

While both parties will retain their separate identities, a new political party called Internet MANA will be formed.

The deal brokered by Internet Party founder Kim Dotcom, party chief executive Vikram Kumar and MANA officials including leader Hone Harawira has been formalised in a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the two parties submit a combined list of candidates to contest the party vote in the 2014 General Election.

READ:A new alliance emerges. Internet Party Mana Movement +updated

On one hand we have the “Mana Party,” versed in Maori culture, values and traditions, while on the other hand we have a new body representative, known as the “Internet Party,” established by internet entreprenerur Kim Dot Com, earlier this year.

Not much is yet known of the Internet Parties policies however the party website quotes that they advocate for less surveillance, copyright reform and cheap internet, which may appeal more to the younger generation and technologically savvy New Zealander.

The Mana party advocates for a truly independent Maori voice in Parliament and for kiwi’s cast adrift by the National Government and despairing of Labour’s inability to provide a viable alternative, according to Mana Parties vision statement on their website. The Internet Party has yet to name any candidates to represent the party in government.
You can view the screening process here https://internet.org.nz/candidates.

The Internet Party will give you faster, cheaper Internet, create high-tech jobs, protect your privacy, and safeguard our independence.

The Mana Party have a more established policy framework which can be viewed on the Mana Party website http://mana.net.nz/policy/.
View Mana candidate profiles: http://mana.net.nz/category/candidate-profiles/

However the move to join forces with the Mana movement has drawn strong criticism.

“Utilising Maori seats to drag in somebody who is questionable about their knowledge about things Maori, and indeed the dreams and aspirations of the Tai Tokerau, it’s not on,” Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says.

The alliance has seen founding Mana Party member Sue Bradford follow through on her threat to quit if the party joined with the Internet Party.

READ:Bradford resigns from Mana Movement looks forward to upcoming elections

“I don’t want to be Kim Dotcom’s play thing and I feel sorry that my friends in Mana have become that,” Ms Bradford says.

“Everybody knows that Kim Dotcom is putting money behind the political party to try and stop himself being extradited,” Prime Minister John Key said.

But Hone Harawira says the extradition hasn’t been raised with Mana by Mr Dotcom or by any of the members of the Internet Party.

With a combined wealth of knowledge and experience from both parties, it will be interesting to see where developments lead from here on in.

TW Political Report

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