[Marxism] New Zealand: 'We campaign hard' for working people, says Mana candidate John Minto

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Fri Sep 19 00:27:04 MDT 2014


*John Minto* is a veteran New Zealand activist who became known as a leader
of a powerful anti-apartheid campaign in the 1970s. More recently, he was
part of organising some of the largest pro-Palestine demonstrations ever in
New Zealand.

A member of the Mana Movement, headed by militant Maori MP Hone Harawira,
Minto is a candidate for the Internet Mana alliance for the September 20
polls. The alliance was formed between Mana, with a strong base in the
Maori working class, and the newly formed Internet Party founded by
millionaire businessperson Kim Dotcom, wanted by US authorities over
alleged copyright violations.

Fourth on the list, Minto would likely enter parliament if Internet Mana
polled about 3%, along with Harawira, Internet Party. This is a real
possibility, although the most recent polls put Mana closer to 2%. He spoke
to *Green Left Weekly* about Mana and campaigning to transform New Zealand.

“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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