Dotcom’s Internet Party, combined with the Mana Party, failed to get close to the 5% threshold in the 2014 election, getting 1.42% of the vote (34,094), and with Hone Harawira failing to hold his Te Tai Tokerau seat so they missed out on getting into Parliament.
After the election Laila Harre resigned as leader – she recently indicated she had joined Labour and wanted to stand in an electorate for them.
Since then the party has maintained an online presence but with no sign of who is running the party and with a very low profile – Dotcom seemed to desert it.
Since the election in the monthly Roy Morgan poll the Internet Party has had no result (less than 0.5%) in every poll except for getting 0.5% in June and October this year.
They still have a website but there appears to be little new, and there is no sign of any people being involved – perhaps it’s become a robot party.
They keep things ticking over on their Facebook page. After Trump won the US election they posted:
That got 288 likes so there is still interest in the party. In early December:
We are stoked, of course.
But we still need people to write good articles for us, the Internet Party, the Infomation Party, the one which is genuinely about a better future in all aspects … as much as ever. Please put the word out to the good investigative journalists that you know, or who are friends of friends and so on …
KDC is being given a bad rap from radio announcers since Laila Harre joined the Labour Party. Laila is a great person but small parties never served her well. We are delighted to see anyone with her vision and passion achieve a position of influence and we sincerely wish her great success in achieving this.
While The Internet Party has an identity, a life and policies all of its own – KDC started this good work, and the fact that this party even exists with it’s awesome policies is completely down to him.
I am no spokesperson, but all of the positive things that our members can say about the Party or KDC will help. Speak it, write it, show your support, every bit helps.
Thank you 🙂
For political parties to have identities they need people, and there is no sign of who is involved.
They have a Twitter account but it’s not very active, with the last tweet in February. The account is authorised by Fred Look, from Colville on the Coromandel Peninsula.
The Internet Party Constitution & Rules on Elections.Org.NZ states:
10 PARTY LEADER
10.1 The Internet Party will have a Party Leader. The Party Leader is responsible for managing the Internet Party’s Parliamentary affairs, should it be represented in Parliament.
10.2 The Party Leader is an automatic member of the Executive Committee with full voting and speaking rights.
10.3 Should the Internet Party not be represented in Parliament, the Party Leader will be either:
10.3.1 The candidate ranked number 1 on the Party List by the Executive Committee in an election year; or
10.3.2 A Full Member of the Internet Party approved by 75 per cent of the Executive Committee
Harre was ranked number 1 on the party List in election year and has resigned so that provision no longer applies.
I’m not aware of a new Party leader being approved by the Executive.
I thought that the original constitution gave special power to the party founder but can’t see any reference to that now.
The party received 16 donations in 2015 totalling $676.65
– internet_party_return_of_donations_and_loans_2015.pdf (PDF 11.29 MB).
That’s in contrast to 2014 donations of $3,500,000 from Kim Dotcom (and no other donations)
– Internet_Party_return_of_donations_and_loans_2014.pdf (PDF 10.12 MB)
Both those returns were signed by Fred Look, who seems to be the only person publicly associated with the party now.
I presume that Dotcom’s money and input would be welcomed again but I also presume that would have to go through a democratic process.
Getting credible candidates and especially a credible and high profile leader could be a challenge.
The Auckland revolutionaries seem to have moved on from the Internet Party and are quietly taking over the Labour Party.
Perhaps Labour will do a Memorandum of Understanding with the Internet Party – involving money for influence?