Mana Party (New Zealand)
|The Mana Movement|
|President||Annette Sykes (interim)|
|Founded||30 April 2011|
|Youth wing||Mana Rangatahi|
|International affiliation||Not Affiliated|
|MPs in the House of Representatives|
The Mana Party (formally called the Mana Movement) is a New Zealand political party led by Hone Harawira which was formed in April, 2011, following Hone Harawira's resignation from the Māori Party. Hone Harawira won the by-election in Te Tai Tokerau of 25 June 2011 for the Mana Party, and went on to retain this seat during the 2011 general election. The party currently has one seat in the New Zealand parliament.
The party formed following Hone Harawira's resignation from the Māori Party after that party's disciplinary committee recommended his expulsion. He had been vocal in his opposition to the Māori Party's position on the foreshore and seabed issue. Harawira subsequently began organising a new party to compete with the Māori Party, and attracted the support of left-wing activist John Minto and of former Green MPs Nándor Tánczos and Sue Bradford. The party formally launched on 30 April 2011.
On 4 May 2011 Harawira stated his intention to resign his seat (Te Tai Tokerau) in order to have himself recognised as a candidate of the Mana Party in any subsequent by-election; after his resignation from the Māori Party, parliamentary rules on political parties in the House officially recognised Harawira only as an Independent MP. Following criticism[by whom?] that the by-election would be "a ridiculous publicity stunt" and would cost the NZ taxpayer $500,000, Harawira put his resignation on hold, saying that he wanted to take the decision back to the people of his Te Tai Tokerau electorate. He announced his resignation from Parliament, forcing the Te Tai Tokerau by-election, on 11 May 2011.
Possible candidates for other constituencies included Māori lawyer and party co-vice president Annette Sykes and former Alliance organiser and party chairman Matt McCarten. Harawira stated that he hoped that five Mana MPs would enter the 50th New Zealand Parliament after the 26 November 2011 New Zealand general election.
General election 2011
The Mana Party did not receive taxpayer-funded television airtime during the 2011 general-election campaign, as it was formed after the 17 March deadline for funding applications.
Mana ran 7 candidates in Maori electorate seats and 14 in General seats; a total of 21 on their list. Mr Harawira comfortably retained his seat in Te Tai Tokerau and Annette Sykes managed to poll over 5,000 votes in the Maori stronghold of Waiariki. Countrywide, Mana gained just under 20,000 votes, 1% of the electorate.
Due to the New Zealand MMP electoral system, gaining an electorate seat was an important achievement for the party as this is often the first step in achieving a long term parliamentary presence, as shown by Peter Dunne and Jim Anderton. This was achieved against strong competition for the Maori vote within the electorate; by the Maori Party and the Labour Party, rather than by tactic agreement as was the case with Act/National in the Epsom electorate.
Auckland mayoralty election 2013
Mana has adopted activist John Minto as their candidate for Auckland mayor in the 2013 local body elections. On the John Minto for Mayor ticket there are multiple candidates standing for Councillor and local board across Auckland for the 2013 local body elections.
Electoral results (2011)
|Election||# of candidates nominated (electorate/list)||# of seats won||# of party votes||% of popular vote|
Mana describes itself as 'a political waka for all peoples' with a specific focus on giving a voice to 'the poor, the powerless and the dispossessed' and to 'empower them against the government by the rich and powerful for the rich and powerful'.
- Abolish Goods and Services Tax (GST)
- Establish a Financial Transaction Tax ("Hone Heke" Tax)
- Nationalise monopolies and duopolies
- Full employment
- 20,000 new state houses for the dispossessed
- $15 minimum wage
- Free education from preschool through tertiary study
- Supporting MMP as the best representation for ordinary New Zealanders
|New Zealand portal|
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