[Marxism] New Zealand: Dirty tricks rocks elections, Mana challenges status quo

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sat Sep 13 19:05:36 MDT 2014

New Zealand goes to the polls on September 20. Amid a big scandal of
government “dirty tricks”, the Mana Movement <http://mana.net.nz/> is
pushing the interests of the working-class and Maori communities.

Mana was formed when firebrand Maori Party MP Hone Harawira split over the
Maori Party's support for a right-wing National Party government in 2011.
It brings together militant Maori activists with other working-class and
left forces.

It has joined forces with the Internet Party <https://internet.org.nz/>,
founded by Internet businessperson Kim Dotcom, to form the Internet Mana
ticket for the September 20 elections. Polls show it is on course to win at
least three seats.

*Joe Carolan* is the Internet Mana candidate for Mt Albert in Auckland. He
is also an organiser for the Unite Union and a member of Socialist
Aotearoa. He spoke to *Stuart Munckton* on New Zealand's elections and
Internet Mana's campaign.


“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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