Laila Harre on her decision to lead the Internet Party
Thursday 29 May 2014 10:12 p.m.
Prime Minister John Key says he's not overly worried about any threat from the Internet Party or its new leader Laila Harre.
Party founder Kim Dotcom made the announcement with Mana leader Hone Harawira in Auckland this afternoon. The two parties confirmed their alliance on Tuesday, forming a new joint list party called Internet Mana.
The internet tycoon has already put $250,000 towards the party and has revealed he'll put in a further $3 million.
While the Mr Key may not be concerned, Ms Harre, on the other hand, says she is going to bring down the Prime Minister.
"I guess there is surprise because it's been 12 years since I have been in Parliament," says Ms Harre. "I've been working in the trade union movement, most recently, the Council of Trade Unions."
Ms Harre explains how she is the leader of the Internet Party, while Mr Dotcom their funder, has made substantial donation to the new political movement.
"He also inspired the movement, he's empowered people to get on with the job, and I'm leading that movement," says Ms Harre. She describes how she was approached by Dotcom, and offered the job as leader.
"I was in a meeting with Vikram Kumar, the CEO of the Internet Party, former executive of Internet New Zealand, and it was completely out of the blue," says Ms Harre. "My understanding is that my name came up in the discussion with the Mana movement, around the negotiations of an agreement to run together."
Watch the full interview with Laila Harre.