The country’s 5 per cent MMP threshold makes it difficult for new parties to get a foot in the door.
This was demonstrated by TOP’s performance in 2017.
But there is wide agreement from Māori and South Auckland MPs that Hannah Tamaki and the Destiny Church ethos will speak to a portion of Kiwis, particularly Māori.
And Newsroom understands Tamaki has a plan to help get in the door, in the form of a Mana-Coalition mash-up.
Mana Movement leader Hone Harawira has long had his heart set on winning back his Tai Tokerau seat in the north.
Like the Tamakis, Harawira has been critical of Labour deputy Kelvin Davis in recent weeks, following a heated exchange over Destiny Church’s Man Up programme.
Harawira says Davis’ comments about Man Up, and unwillingness to allow the programme into prisons, failed to properly serve Māori.
Harawira believes he should be the man in the north.
He has also posted an endorsement for Hannah Tamaki’s plans in a Facebook post on the Mana Movement page: “When Parliament doesn’t listen – time to go into Parliament,” he wrote.
Well at least this match-up makes more sense for Mana than the coalition with the Internet Party.
Davis will be hard to beat in Te Tai Tokerau. He got 54% of the vote in 2017. The electorate would need to feel he has let them down, to vote him out.