Hone Harawira plans to appeal a decision that means he’s not eligible for any public funding for broadcasting during the election campaign.
The Electoral Commission released its funding allocations today but because the Mana Party didn’t exist when the deadline passed, it missed out any TV or radio time.
Mr Harawira says he’s disappointed because he got his party registration application in on time, but missed out on the funding allocation through no fault of his own.
“I don’t know that there are appeal options but just because we’re not sure doesn’t mean to say we won’t try. I’ll be advising our Party secretary this afternoon to lodge a formal appeal and to see how we get on. If we’re unsuccessful, we’ll move on,” he says.
The story is wrong and Hone is wrong. You can apply for an allocation, even if you are not registered, so long as you register before mid October.
… however, the Mana Party wasn’t shut out. You don’t have to be registered to apply for an allocation, and I sent Hone a message before the applications closed to try to make sure he knew he could apply to get one.
So Hone was told before the deadline that he could apply. He missed out because he did nothing. And oh yeah there is no appeal.