The electorate that Hone Harawira built the Mana Party on was Te Tai Tokerau. That covers Northland and parts of the northern fringe of Auckland.
But the Northland electorate has been a non-Maori National stronghold.
Nevertheless Mana announced two weeks ago they have a candidate for the Northland by-election.
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.
That’s an odd claim. One of the big talking points of National’s campaign last election was how few things they actually proposed or promised apart from ‘steady as she goes’. Making wild claims isn’t a good start.
Mana hasn’t stood a candidate in Northland before.
In 2011 their party vote was 420 (1.29%). Last year Internet-Mana got 601 votes (1.69%).
Porter, Rueben Taipari wasn’t on the Mana list last election.
Porter’s candidacy for the by-election isn’t mentioned on the Mana website (the last sign of activity there was on October 7 last year).
However it has been mentioned on Mana’s Facebook timeline, which links to an article on Mana News:
Rueben Taipari Porter is disappointed with the Northland Age’s article that supported Norwegian multinational deep sea oil drilling company Statoil. Mr Porter explained “The Northern Age article was one sided this is a good indication they are just ticking the box and pretending to get consultation for Statoils drilling aspirations”
When asked if he was interviewed Mr Porter said “NO” he explained he wasn’t interviewed for this article despite being included in the photo. This entire article is designed to give the perception that Statoil has community support and the community has been consulted. Rueben Taipari Porter is up against the odds if mainstream media is going to skew public opinion in favour of Statoil.
Oddly that doesn’t actually mention the by-election.
The Mana Party now seems little more than an umbrella for activists. The by-election will give Porter some attention but it’s hard to see it recovering Mana much ground.