No deals with Harawira - Labour
Friday 30 May 2014 9:16 a.m.
Labour has ruled out a deal with Hone Harawira that would give him an easy win in Te Tai Tokerau.
The Internet Party's new leader, Laila Harre, has suggested a "strategic alliance" to ensure Mr Harawira wins but Labour's candidate, Kelvin Davis, says there's no chance of that happening.
"I'm going out to win that seat and the party vote for Labour," he said on Radio New Zealand today.
"It would be immensely damaging for Labour in Te Tai Tokerau - the people up there don't want to see an MP who is prepared to roll over for anyone."
Mr Davis said Ms Harre's suggestion was a ruse.
"Basically it's a scam to get votes."
The Internet Party is going to fight the election with Mr Harawira's Mana Party - they're going to register as Internet Mana and run a joint list.
It's essential that Mr Harawira retains his seat because that would exempt Internet Mana from the five per cent threshold for getting list MPs into parliament.
Mr Harawira says he doesn't make deals, but he wants Labour to understand how important it is for the centre-left parties to work together.
"We can attack each other and end up with limited seats and no chance of beating the government, or we can work together and get enough seats to win."
One thing Internet Mana is certain about is money for its election campaign.
Party founder Kim Dotcom has already put $250,000 into the party and says he'll stump up another $3 million.
It won't be able to spend all of that on its election campaign, but it will have a much bigger war chest than Mana would have been able to raise on its own.
The rules are that parties can spend $1,091,000 on their campaigns plus $25,700 for each contested electorate.
The Internet Party is going through a candidate selection process and has said it will contest around 15 electorates.
National was the biggest spender in the 2011 election with $2.7m.