Harre was on Greens campaign committee until a fortnight ago

June 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Meanwhile, Norman revealed that new Internet Party leader had wanted to be a Green Party MP before she quit her adviser role in Decembern. 

A spokesman confirmed she was also on the campaign committee until a fortnight ago.

If this was Game of Thrones, Harre would be a sellsword or a mercenary. How can you be on the national campaign committee for one party a fortnight ago, while negotiating to be leader of a competing party?

Also enjoyed this quote from on Q+A about how the Mana-Dotcom alliance will appeal to young non-voters:

This talk of the the youth vote is just awful when aging baby boomers think they’re going to connect with Gen Y through their kids … Harre is 48, Hone Harawaira is 59, John Minto is 61, Pam Corkey who is designing the comms strategy to appeal to youth is 58, Annette Sykes is 53 and Willie Jackson is 53.

It’s like a sex pistols reunion tour. It’s a bit of fun, but it risks being embarrassing for everyone.

It is looking like the Alliance reborn.

 

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57 Responses to “Harre was on Greens campaign committee until a fortnight ago”

  1. Manolo (14,026 comments) says:

    Let’s call it for what really is: Political prostitution at its worst.
    Laila Harre, the unprincipled left-winger, went for the highest bidder.

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  2. Pete George (23,680 comments) says:

    Greens can justifiably be very annoyed with Harre. That’s quite deceitful. No wonder Davis likened her to Mata Hari.

    It is looking like the Alliance reborn.

    It would be very interesting to know where Matt McCarten stands in all of this.

    Even if he is genuinely 100% working for Labour’s best interests he is in an awkward position with Harre and Hehir in the Internet-MANA campaign committee.

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  3. Longknives (4,853 comments) says:

    The mighty Sex Pistols deserve better than comparisons with that Political train-wreck….

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  4. OneTrack (3,213 comments) says:

    Anything for the cause, DPF, anything for the cause.

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  5. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,914 comments) says:

    I doubt there’s much sex left in any of THOSE pistols.

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  6. hmmokrightitis (1,595 comments) says:

    Im looking forward to the next Months aggregated polls. I suspect NZ’ers are not as thick as this lot suspect we are, and will be sticking two fingers up at all the associated parties to this potential left wing clusterfuck.

    Funny too, Cun.liffe has been very quiet and very absent the last few days…

    Wonder why…

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  7. Ryan Sproull (7,259 comments) says:

    Everyone remembers Don Brash joining ACT the morning he took over as leader, right?

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  8. wikiriwhis business (4,115 comments) says:

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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  9. Pete George (23,680 comments) says:

    Norman revealed that new Internet Party leader Laila Harre had wanted to be a Green Party MP before she quit her adviser role in December

    From The Nation:

    Lisa Owen: You were considering standing for the Green Party weren’t you. So why didn’t you do that?

    Laila Harre: I gave it some consideration but at no point did I feel like it was right thing to do or the best use of my talents and skills and experience at that time. In fact, I’d committed this year to working on the Council of Trade Unions ‘Get Out the Vote’ campaign and we’ve been setting that up since the beginning of the year, it’s going very well. And like the Greens, we are focused in the Internet Party on a change of government this year.

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Interview-Laila-Harre/tabid/1348/articleID/346571/Default.aspx

    I’ve seen other conflicting claims that Greens didn’t want Harre and that Harre chose not to be a candidate.

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  10. Kimbo (1,038 comments) says:

    The mighty Sex Pistols deserve better than comparisons with that Political train-wreck…

    “Anarchy…!”

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  11. David Garrett (7,520 comments) says:

    I think I might form the Young Peoples Anti Violence party…I am 55, and therefore well qualified to connect with Generation…which one is it again?

    But seriously…will the bulk of the yoof vote see this utterly cynical alliance for what it is, or will they just focus on the anti-establishment japes of the Jolly German?

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  12. Interested (24 comments) says:

    Could call her a political prostitute for sale to highest bidder.

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  13. Rich Prick (1,719 comments) says:

    So far as the yoof are concerned, I expect that lot have all the appeal of dancing parents.

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  14. Tarquin North (352 comments) says:

    I look forward to her promoting the kind of things she has always believed in, like limiting donations from individuals to $5000. This is a Greens policy so you would expect her to be fairly up with the play. Tui time…

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  15. daveski (87 comments) says:

    I’m also most offended by the reference to the Sex Pistols.

    That said, Pretty Vacant could be an apt theme song for IMP while I’m sure this will end up causing the left problems.

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  16. CJPhoto (227 comments) says:

    If this was Game of Thrones, She would have said “The Dotcom’s send their regards”

    http://www.allgeektome.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/tumblr_mnsppcROMi1r8uf0mo1_250.gif

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  17. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Just a dog, in similar mould to Corkery and Snake Kelly.

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  18. Bad__Cat (141 comments) says:

    wikiriwhis business (3,594 comments) says:
    June 3rd, 2014 at 4:19 pm
    “Has anyone mentioned National’s Chinese bribery on this blog yet ?”

    Ah, you mean Labour’s Chinese bribery, as he was given residency by Labour Immigration Minister Damian O’Connor against the advise of his department.

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  19. MT_Tinman (3,249 comments) says:

    Ryan Sproull (6,889 comments) says:
    June 3rd, 2014 at 4:16 pm
    Everyone remembers Don Brash joining ACT the morning he took over as leader, right?

    No doubt those that do also remember what happened to ACT as a consequence.

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  20. flipper (4,194 comments) says:

    Years ago, when he ran Lion Breweries, Douglas Myers described Harre to me as “the most dangerous woman in New Zealand”. He might have added a reference to politics, but his assessment was correct.

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  21. minus (218 comments) says:

    Someone the other day thought it was funny to write –

    Stop the new gravy train – Willie Jackson wants to get on …

    So, did I miss something? Why is he mentioned above?

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  22. edhunter (552 comments) says:

    And talking of the Sex Pistols here’s a couple of quotes from Johnny:

    There was no vicious undertone in us, no nasty edge. And certainly none of the deadpan, dreary political opinions like The Clash wallowed in. We lived in the real world. We actually did come from council flats. We knew the consequences of socialism

    On being on tour with the other Sex Pistols again: “They don’t seem to relate to the world around them. They’re stuck in this 1976 vibe. It’s very peculiar. It was a bit like walking around with a museum attached to you. But then, I’m perverse enough to enjoy that.”

    On anarchism: “anarchy, frankly — if you take it quite literally — is mind games for the middle class. When you come from desperate poverty, and that’s exactly what I come from, you know that nonsenses are not to be tolerated. I’m not sure who gains from chaos, but I know it’s not the poor folks in the council flats. The politics of vindictiveness is never, ever anything like a solution.

    Asked if he considered himself to be in the punk movement of the 70’s: I would say that would be a hindsight statement. No, at the time it wasn’t big at all, it was very small. The day the Sex Pistols ceased to exist was the day they became important and relevant. It wasn’t working. They wanted to turn us into the Rolling Stones and I didn’t want that.

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  23. Grant (444 comments) says:

    As an aside, wtf is ” the Council of Trade Unions ‘Get Out the Vote’ campaign……..”, and how many hard working people’s union dues are being used to pay for it?
    More information on this would be worth a look for sure as I’m bloody positive that people aren’t being urged by the unions to get and vote National.
    G

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  24. peterwn (3,298 comments) says:

    The Greens should have had a ‘restraint of trade’ clause in her employment contract, but then she and the Greens would consider that employees should not be subject to such a clause.

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  25. ross411 (861 comments) says:

    Pete George (22,065 comments) says:
    June 3rd, 2014 at 4:06 pm
    Greens can justifiably be very annoyed with Harre.

    You think that Russell Norman didn’t know what was going on? With the helicopter trips to the Dotcom’s home, that this isn’t a “whatever it takes” arrangement that Norman is complicit in?

    It must grate on him to feel so right about his cause, yet fail to see the acceptance he feels his party deserves. The kind of frustration that involves him blurting out nutty comparisons between John Key and Muldoon.

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  26. RF (1,443 comments) says:

    With all this talk about prostitutes the screech owl corkery will be the ideal person to advise the Mana internet party clusterfuck.

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  27. ross411 (861 comments) says:

    Grant (408 comments) says:
    June 3rd, 2014 at 5:26 pm
    As an aside, wtf is ” the Council of Trade Unions ‘Get Out the Vote’ campaign……..”, and how many hard working people’s union dues are being used to pay for it?
    More information on this would be worth a look for sure as I’m bloody positive that people aren’t being urged by the unions to get and vote National.

    Hmm. From some announcement web site:

    One million Kiwis didn’t vote last general election. The Get Out The Vote campaign – an independent, non-partisan project of the NZ union movement – aims to change that this year! We need your help to encourage the people you know to enrol now and vote in September.
    We’ll be giving some thought to this at the PSAY regional conferences, but for now, please sign up for the campaign (and an info pack to help you promote voting) at http://www.getoutthevote.org.nz/.

    Hmm. From the GOTV web site:

    New Zealand Council of Trade Unions – Te Kauae Kaimahi
    Authorised by: Helen Kelly, NZCTU, Level 7, 178 Willis St, Wellington

    Given the unions have a controlling interest in Labour, I fail to see how a NZ union movement led effort like this, can ever be non-partisan.

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  28. Interested (24 comments) says:

    Whole thing is a total jack-up from the time Matt McCarten joined David Cunliffe in ‘the war room’ … Dirty dealings between all the left and not one of them have the brains to see who is behind it…

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  29. altiora (279 comments) says:

    I read the Standard thread on this, and one thing came through loud and clear from the deranged leftists: this is war and so the ends justifies the means. I despair for democracy I really do; I’m a centre-right voter but I can recognise when National et al are on the losing side, but these guys don’t and don’t care about the collateral damage they are causing.

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  30. SHG (317 comments) says:

    Interested in how their policies would be articulated internally I attempted to become a member of the Internet Party yesterday through their vaunted awesome hip online young-people engaging web thingy.

    Filled out the form with info that was almost true, entered my credit card number for the membership fee, submit, here’s your transaction number, thinking thinking thinking… timeout.

    That’s some damn fine Internetting there guys.

    Even though I received no confirmation my credit card showed a transaction so I sent them an “internet mail” over the “tubes” to the contact addresses listed on their website, to no avail. No response. And again. No response. And again. No response. I think my last email just said “For an Internet party, you sure suck at the Internet”.

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  31. Interested (24 comments) says:

    Who is Laila Harre , she is far more dangerous than people think…http://www.trevorloudon.com/2006/09/who-is-laila-harre/

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  32. itstricky (1,880 comments) says:

    Hold on, she got a better job offer and went for it? You lefties are all the same, always knocking the hard working people who are just striving to make ends meet on a boat. It’s a free market after all. Sure you aren’t jealous? That’s a common lefty trait as well.

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  33. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (894 comments) says:

    Good thing is Corky is out of Radio. Thanks FatCon.

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  34. BeaB (2,142 comments) says:

    I am waiting for John Campbell to connect the dots – these parties may be working together in a secret coalition of the Left.

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  35. big bruv (14,123 comments) says:

    ” I suspect NZ’ers are not as thick as this lot suspect we are”

    Oh yes we bloody are. The fat German/mother fuckers party will gain at least 3% of the vote. Kiwis ARE that stupid.

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  36. Interested (24 comments) says:

    “BeaB (2,007 comments) says:

    June 3rd, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I am waiting for John Campbell to connect the dots – these parties may be working together in a secret coalition of the Left.”

    Haha John Campbell doesn’t see dots connecting all over the left…waste of space he is!

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  37. greenjacket (481 comments) says:

    wikiriwhis business: “Has anyone mentioned National’s Chinese bribery on this blog yet ? Front page news so no secret”
    .
    Do you mean the Chinese businessman given residency by a LABOUR cabinet minister in shady circumstances?

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  38. Longknives (4,853 comments) says:

    I’m with Bruv- A ditzy girl in my office was telling us she was planning on voting for Dotcom because “He’s just SOOO funny!”
    22 or 23…Recent Varsity Graduate…Bloody frightening!
    Be afraid..Be very afraid…

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  39. Longknives (4,853 comments) says:

    And Never Mind the Bollocks is one of the greatest Debut albums (in fact their only ‘real album) in Rock History…I might pour a Scotch and fire it up again tonight!

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  40. davidp (3,587 comments) says:

    Harre can read the writing on the wall. The Greens are Labour’s last train out of the station. Again. There may be a Labour-NZ First-Mana-Internet coalition, but the Greens are going to be sitting on the sidelines again, giving Labour their full support but receiving nothing in return. Why campaign for that?

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  41. burt (8,305 comments) says:

    It’s my opinion that National’s ( perhaps Key’s ) biggest threat from, and weapon against, the Internet party is the issue of legalising Cannabis. Key’s stance of ‘not on my watch’ May be his undoing, or it could be National’s

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  42. Grant (444 comments) says:

    @Ross411. Thanks for that, great stuff.
    Still appears though that it is being funded by people who thought their contributions were going to support members in need etc.
    Cheers
    G

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  43. edhunter (552 comments) says:

    Two shows of that happening Burt, it’s political suicide why do you think the gweens dropped Nandor. Despite the fact that almost half of the population admit to having tried it & 14% admit to using it regularly there’s just too many other issues for the decriminalization to be a game changer (except for the negative).
    Ironically it was Auntie Helen during her 2nd term who had the best alignment of the planets to make this happen & even she lacked the balls to do it.
    And LK think I might join you with a scotch (or 2) & a listen to one of the mot important albums of the 70’s. I rate SLF’s Inflammable Material a better debut & Appetite for Destruction the best of all time but neither were nearly as important as “Never Mind the Bollocks”

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  44. Dead Earnest (160 comments) says:

    Krim Dot Com has done one useful service to NZ. He has exposed our left wing elite for being what they really are. That is, a bunch of self serving, money hungry hypocrites, who are so “attached” to their ideals that at the scent of filthly lucre they sacrifice them ‘lock, stock & barrel” to jump on the band wagon of a wildly wealthly foreigner, to aid him in attempting to pervert the course of justice and corrupt our electoral process. Harre takes the cake, having made a career in trying to be seen to be fighting for the underdog, she has joined forces with a person -who although worth untold millions- can’t “afford” to pay his menial workers the minimum wage! Shame Laila, shame. At least Sue Bradford had the courage to walk. Sue is the only one on the left with a shred of integrity left!

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  45. Rich Prick (1,719 comments) says:

    “I am waiting for John Campbell to connect the dots”

    Que the sinister music score, oh wait, no if he cares to look at “those” dots it will be to the Sound of Music, and the ink blots will look like Shreck bouncing on fluffy clouds.

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  46. noskire (842 comments) says:

    A ditzy girl in my office was telling us she was planning on voting for Dotcom because “He’s just SOOO funny!

    I would be scared if there was an iPhone app for voting, but thankfully election day falls on a Saturday so a large proportion of KDC’s potential vote will still be in bed when the ballot closes.

    As an aside, I would be very surprised if Kim Dot Con actually has the cash to bankroll his campaign, all smoke and mirrors methinks.

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  47. itstricky (1,880 comments) says:

    Krim Dot Com has done one useful service to NZ. He has exposed our left wing elite for being what they really are. That is, a bunch of self serving, money hungry hypocrites, who are so “attached” to their ideals that at the scent of filthly lucre they sacrifice them ‘lock, stock & barrel” to jump on the band wagon of a wildly wealthly foreigner, to aid him in attempting to pervert the course of justice and corrupt our electoral process.

    How dare you talk about Banksie like that?

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  48. Rich Prick (1,719 comments) says:

    Pam Corkery has threatened her nickers and vagina waving in the air come a IMP win in …. Oh God I feel ill. Need a lay down, please make it go away.

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  49. Keeping Stock (10,405 comments) says:

    minus asks

    So, did I miss something? Why is he (Willie Jackson) mentioned above?

    You did miss something minus. Last week Jackson categorically ruled out seeking the Labour nomination for Tamaki Makaurau, but will not rule out seeking the Mana nomination, given Labour’s internal strife.

    That’s why DPF pinched the “Alliance reunion” line which I first used last week, noting that it only a matter of time before the door opens and Jim Anderton is rolled out of cold storage.

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  50. Pete George (23,680 comments) says:

    On May 3 Harré appeared on The Nation as a political commentator (along with DPF). She was described as “former Alliance MP and unionist”. No mention of being on the Green Party campaign committee.

    This non-disclosure of political activities is totally unacceptable for political programmes.

    Harré was also involved in discussions with the Internet Party at the time, they would have been more awkward to disclose but perhaps she should have declined from appearing – if she believed in good principles.

    It seemed odd at the time that Harré suddenly popped up in public politics. How did she get the spot on The Nation?

    Harré and non-disclosure of political commentators

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  51. SPC (5,770 comments) says:

    Was Norman speaking truth before the power of the money to tempt.

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  52. Ed Snack (1,925 comments) says:

    I guess the real importance if the IP is in it’s potential to actually get people out to vote as something different. It is rather unlikely to tempt voters who might possibly vote National/Conservative/ACT or even NZF, the majority of its votes would come from the Labour/Green bloc. So the key is can it inspire more people in that group to get out and vote ?

    I can see it having some effect, they need quite a few to get the extra seat, and they may get it. It will depend on how the electorate in general see the party and its positioning. The far left team that is being assembled is quite competent at the mechanics of politics and they will have the same old highly motivated activist crew; but will their message resonate ? And will it do so with those who would otherwise not bother to vote ?

    Because if they don’t motivate new voters than they will basically eat into Labour’s and the Green’s support base by piecing off the leftist fringe. So can the IP keep pretending to be, truly, the “Internet Party”, and not just the Socialist Unity mob in some sort of internet cosplay parody ?

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  53. JamesBlake (62 comments) says:

    Who would have thought. A right wing blog being critical of someone moving directly from one job to another. I mean just because both the Greens and Internet Party have had similar opinions around internet use that doesn’t excuse her from working for them both.

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  54. G152 (385 comments) says:

    So the ‘fresh faces’ are in their late 40s middle 50s ?

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  55. Mark (1,489 comments) says:

    Manolo (12,912 comments) says:
    June 3rd, 2014 at 4:04 pm
    Let’s call it for what really is: Political prostitution at its worst.
    Laila Harre, the unprincipled left-winger, went for the highest bidder.

    Interesting, so what does this make Peter Dunn?

    Have to admit I was surprised by Harre’s move. I dont like her political leanings but she is an experienced politician and I would not have expected her to have anything to do with the dodgy german

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  56. burt (8,305 comments) says:

    Mark

    People do odd things for money – even people who have campaigned that large donations are corrupt will stay silent when it’s in their own best interest – apparently.

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  57. deadrightkev (507 comments) says:

    I cannot help but think that the Conservatives are looking like a mighty stable and reliable political party right now.

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