Internet Party contesting again

The Internet Party have announced they will contest this year’s election – without Dotcom and presumably without the stacks of money Dotcom threw at the 2014 election, unsuccessfully.

I think it’s certain there will be no teaming up with the Mana Party either. With their agreement with the Maori Party Mana seems to have resigned itself to being a single electorate party with Hone Harawira trying to win back Te Tai Tokerau.

Beyond the huge hubris of Dotcom, the odd alliance with Mana and the equally odd leadership of Laila Harre the Internet party actually had some good ideas that were worth considering and discussing, but they will struggle to make an impression this time. Without Dotcom the media aren’t interested, and our MMP system is severely stacked against new parties.

This odd media release won’t help their chances:

Statement of solidarity

The Internet Party is pleased to confirm that we are currently preparing our campaign for the 2017 New Zealand general election on September 23.

Early in 2017 Kim Dotcom tendered his resignation from the Executive Committee of Internet Party NZ, as publicly tweeted at the time. Likewise, he is not involved in the Campaign Committee for our 2017 campaign, or its operational decision-making.

As such, Kim Dotcom has no advance knowledge that we are issuing this statement.

Like many, we are shocked by recent allegations that Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich was a WikiLeaks source. Both Kim and the Internet Party are long-term supporters of WikiLeaks, and we are certain such claims would not be made unless they were true.

We are delighted to hear Seth Rich was interested in starting an Internet Party in the United States, and are
aware of past attempts by people in Poland and Germany to create Internet Parties. We expect that the Internet
Party will continue to propagate globally in the long-term, as have other political movements like the Greens and the Pirate Parties.

The Internet Party and its events were seriously misrepresented in the New Zealand media in 2014, particularly
the Moment of Truth, at which many revelations were made by whistleblower Edward Snowden about the New
Zealand government’s complicity in US mass surveillance efforts. Local media reported the Moment of Truth as
a flop despite record attendance in-person and online, and the numerous unique revelations made by Snowden throughout the event.

This revisionist history has a use-by date that is set to expire in 2017. Further information will continue to come to light about the extent to which New Zealand and the world have been actively deceived by their politicians and the state.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Rich family, and to the families of all political targets in
New Zealand who have been drawn into this vast spiderweb of deceit one way or another – of which there are many.

In 2014, injury was done to the historical record of New Zealand politics. We look forward to that being
corrected, for the benefit of all New Zealanders.


  1. Chris

     /  May 28, 2017

    Who is leading this party? There are no names mentioned here. The last leader, Laila Harre has abandoned them and gone to Labour.

    • Pete Kane

       /  May 28, 2017

      Willie, Laila and Matt! You have to feel for poor Andrew, just sheer human compassion, if nothing else.

  2. Gezza

     /  May 28, 2017

    Is it just my iPad? Some text of that media statement on the right hand side is obscured.

    • Anonymous Coward

       /  May 28, 2017

      Chrome, Safari and Firefox all cut it off for me too.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 28, 2017

        You haven’t missed much. The bullshit check on this computer isn’t working, so I had the whole thing. I have never read such a load of bollocks in many years of reading in several languages and works from many centuries. If revisionism was an Olympic sport, this would be a gold medal winner. What do they take people for ? Or was this put out on April 1 ?

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 28, 2017

          Hello, PDT, nice to see that you are still among those present.

          I have gone back to Chrome-Firefox keeps ‘not responding’, going unasked into ‘new tab’ and bringing up the script that needs/doesn’t need debugging message-from the number of entries on Google, these are common problems.

  3. PDB

     /  May 28, 2017

    “As such, Kim Dotcom has no advance knowledge that we are issuing this statement.”

    I call bull s**t on that – after that statement it reads like Kim is personally talking about his recent ‘Seth’ nonsense and again stating the party was misrepresented at the ‘moment of truth’.

    I suggest he wrote this as he did with the Warner Bros email.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 28, 2017

      I would change one word-‘suggest’ to ‘believe’. Ditto apart from that.