It is with great respect that I, Porter, Rueben Taipari accept the Mana party candidacy to stand in the Northland by election caused by the mysterious resignation of Mike Sabin ex National party MP.
The reason I accept is because the corruption within this Govt is a major issue and blatant disregard for the democratic system, fast tracked laws, misuse of Govt intelligence services, convenient forgetfulness and many other unethical practises should be a concern for all who value our freedom as a democratic country.
National made a lot of promises in the election last year and has kept none of them.
This seems to be a regular occurrence that National takes Northland voters for granted.
Now they are going to cost the country over a $1 million to hold this by election, which they could have avoided had they investigated their candidates more thoroughly. I dont know the new candidate but I hope they have done their homework better this time
The issues of the future economy for Northland will be a major focus for me in the debates ahead and the Mana party policies have sound suggestions that will benefit the future of local businesses in Northland. My holistic understanding of the economy and about how political power is manouvered towards our regions benefit will be an asset that everbody can take advantage of.
Mana is totally against toxic mining and Deep sea Oil drilling in Northland by companies such as Statoil from Norway. The potential threat to our coastlines only 30kms off of Ahipara and being surveyed down past the Kaipara and into the Auckland Waitemata harbours is a massive risk to take and the Govt is giving no compensation packages or holding anybody accountable should a disaster occur.
Pal Haremo, vice president of Statoil has confirmed that they have no experience drilling below 2000 metres. Risking our homes and seas for the Govts
financial benefit will not bring prosperity to our communities. Mana party believes in an environmentally sustainable economy, married with modern technology and our unique cultural identity will be the future for Northland.