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Hard News: The Digital Natives

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  • Jeremy Andrew,

    I did get an official denial from Huntly's @DekaSign on Twitter yesterday.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 848 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Did I really hear someone from the Maori Party piling on to the lefty angst with "they're going to coalition with a capitalist" on the radio this morning? oh the irony!

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2201 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    Guyon Espiner appears to know something, if his angle in the interview with Vikram this morning is anything to go by. The "Does this person have any interest in Māori issues?" questions would never get asked otherwise (although I'd like to see that question become commonplace.)

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • Ken Double, in reply to Andre Alessi,

    I wouldn't be surprised if Mana went with an economically literate class warrior over someone with cultural bona fides. If they can persuade poor pakeha that they're in the same boat as most Maori then they have the beginnings of a strong, inclusive political force.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2012 • 59 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Geddis, in reply to Andre Alessi,

    The "Does this person have any interest in Māori issues?" questions would never get asked otherwise (although I'd like to see that question become commonplace.)

    Not so sure about that interpretation, Andre. I took it to be more of in the vein of "what on earth do the IP and MANA have in common?" - the assumption being that the IP leader will be some Pakeha tech-head who has no track record of interest in te tino rangatiratanga or the like.

    Of course, Espiner may be wrong in his assumption, but I wouldn't assume his line of questioning revealed any inside info. If he had a name, he'd have asked outright.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Aston,

    Why would Labour fight so hard to take Te Tai Tokerau off Harawira? Isn't that kinda dumb. Leave it to Hone and at least Labour will have possibly 3 maybe more Internet/Mana PMs for a coalition deal.
    Same deal the Nats did with Epsom and ACT.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 507 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Yes surely Hone and Dave can sit down behind a glass window somewhere and share a beer

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2201 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Richard Aston,

    Why would Labour fight so hard to take Te Tai Tokerau off Harawira?

    Even more so: why would they fight hard in Waiariki to give the seat to Flavell? That so makes no sense.
    (I reckon Sykes does have a good shot there- well-organised, a very strong candidate, and strong on-the-ground. But a deal with Labour ought to seal it, and I just don't get why it seems to be off the cards.)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1599 posts Report Reply

  • Luke Williamson,

    How weird could Parliament get if we had reps for National, Labour, Greens, NZ First, Maori, ACT, United, Conservatives, Mana/IP? Imagine the coalition of the left!

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 273 posts Report Reply

  • Tristan,

    has any one heard from Paul Brislan recently?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 198 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    In Germany, these guys just got a Euro-MP elected.

    Their leader justifies his populist policies thus:

    In politics nowadays sentiments that bring in votes are the ones that get expressed and that's what I intend to do. Better that we get those votes than some sort of neo-Nazis.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4501 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Richard Aston,

    Why would Labour fight so hard to take Te Tai Tokerau off Harawira? Isn't that kinda dumb.

    No - First, and I don't mean this to sound as bitchy as it probably does, a good chunk of Labour would like their Maori seats back. Thank you very much. I also think Labour is smart enough to know that doing an Epsom in Te Tai Tokerau, or anywhere else, would alienate a lot of members and flaxroots campaign activists you don't want staying home with their wallets shut in an election year.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12073 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall,

    It'll be interesting to see how many MPs IM get and what effect it'll have. If it costs National being in gov't, they'll have no one else to blame, considering they decided to reject the Law Commission's recommendation to scrap the coat-tails rule.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 636 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I also think Labour is smart enough to know that doing an Epsom in Te Tai Tokerau, or anywhere else, would alienate a lot of members and flaxroots campaign activists you don’t want staying home with their wallets shut in an election year.

    Exactly. If you really wanted a way to get the "Labour takes Maori for granted" meme into play, that'd be it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew, in reply to Tristan,

    has any one heard from Paul Brislan recently?

    I believe he's just stepped down as TUANZ CEO...

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 848 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jeremy Andrew,

    has any one heard from Paul Brislan recently?

    I believe he's just stepped down as TUANZ CEO...

    Nope. He's off to a swanky new PR/comms start-up.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19116 posts Report Reply

  • Tristan,

    It's not unheard of for PR jobs to be temp training grounds prior to political jobs. Conor Robert springs to mind although he is back in PR now

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 198 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Here's a wild punt. Brendan Horan.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8737 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to BenWilson,

    but why would he be a 'reassuring' factor for the Mana Party?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Because he is Maori.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8737 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to BenWilson,

    ah. is he digital?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Laila Harre.

    I think that's a bit of a win.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4501 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    ooh, that would be good.

    here's the (paywalled) NBR scoop.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16996 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Laila Harre.

    I think that’s a bit of a win.

    Bonza if true :) (Not so sure she's a terrific 'political operative' but pretty confident MANA would find plenty in common with her and she'd bring experience and - no better way to put it - mana to the IP.)

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1599 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Laila Harre.

    Stuff says it's a real rumor :)
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10094154/Laila-Harre-to-lead-Internet-Party

    Even Wikipedia has the rumor. I'm bemused.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 499 posts Report Reply

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