Mana Party

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The Mana Party
Leader Hone Harawira
President Annette Sykes (interim)
Secretary Gerard Hehir
Founded 30 April 2011
Youth wing Mana Rangatahi
Ideology Tino rangatiratanga
Indigenous rights
Political position Left-Wing
International affiliation Not Affiliated
Colors Red, Black
MPs in the House of Representatives
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The Mana Party (formally called the Mana Movement) is a New Zealand political party led by Hone Harawira which was formed in April, 2011,[1] following Hone Harawira's resignation from the Māori Party. Hone Harawira won the by-election in Te Tai Tokerau of 25 June 2011 for the Mana Party,[2] and went on to retain this seat during the 2011 general election. The party currently has one seat in the New Zealand parliament.[3]


The party formed following Hone Harawira's resignation from the Māori Party after that party's disciplinary committee recommended his expulsion. He had been vocal in his opposition to the Māori Party's position on the foreshore and seabed issue.[4] Harawira subsequently began organising a new party to compete with the Māori Party, and attracted the support of left-wing activist John Minto and of former Green MPs Nándor Tánczos and Sue Bradford.[5] The party formally launched on 30 April 2011.

On 4 May 2011 Harawira stated his intention to resign his seat (Te Tai Tokerau) in order to have himself recognised as a candidate of the Mana Party in any subsequent by-election; after his resignation from the Māori Party, parliamentary rules on political parties in the House officially recognised Harawira only as an Independent MP. Following criticism by Labour, the Greens and the Māori Party that the by-election would be "a ridiculous publicity stunt" and would cost the NZ taxpayer $500,000, Harawira put his resignation on hold, saying that he wanted to take the decision back to the people of his Te Tai Tokerau electorate.[6] He announced his resignation from Parliament, forcing the Te Tai Tokerau by-election, on 11 May 2011.[7]

Possible candidates for other constituencies included Māori lawyer and party co-vice president[8] Annette Sykes and former Alliance organiser and party chairman Matt McCarten.[9] Harawira stated that he hoped that five Mana MPs would enter the 50th New Zealand Parliament after the 26 November 2011 New Zealand general election.[10]

The party applied for registration on 24 May 2011.[11] Registration was officially granted on 24 June 2011.[12] In September 2011 the Electoral Commission registered the party's logo.[13]

General election 2011[edit]

The Mana Party did not receive taxpayer-funded television airtime during the 2011 general-election campaign, as it was formed after the 17 March deadline for funding applications.[14]

Mana ran 7 candidates in Māori electorates and 14 in General seats; a total of 21 on their list. Mr Harawira comfortably retained his seat in Te Tai Tokerau and Annette Sykes managed to poll over 5,000 votes in the Maori stronghold of Waiariki. Countrywide, Mana gained just under 20,000 votes, 1% of the electorate.

Due to the New Zealand MMP electoral system, gaining an electorate seat was an important achievement for the party as this is often the first step in achieving a long term parliamentary presence, as shown by Peter Dunne and Jim Anderton. This was achieved against strong competition for the Maori vote within the electorate; by the Maori Party and the Labour Party, rather than by tactic agreement as was the case with Act/National in the Epsom electorate.

Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election, 2013[edit]

In the June 2013 Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election Mana candidate and former Maori Television presenter Te Hamua Nikora came second place with 26.1% of the vote.[15]

2013 local elections[edit]

John Minto stood as the Mana Party candidate for Auckland mayor in the 2013 local body elections.[16] Minto's flagship policy was free public transport for Auckland.[17] On the John Minto for Mayor ticket there were multiple candidates standing for councillor and local board positions across Auckland for the 2013 local body elections.[18][19] Minto was unsuccessful in his run for mayor, with Len Brown re-elected by a significant margin.[20]

Electoral results (2011)[edit]

Election # of candidates nominated (electorate/list) # of seats won # of party votes  % of popular vote


Mana describes itself as 'a political waka for all peoples' with a specific focus on giving a voice to 'the poor, the powerless and the dispossessed' and to 'empower them against the government by the rich and powerful for the rich and powerful'.[21]

Extra-parliamentary activism[edit]

Since its formation, Mana Party activists have been involved in multiple extra-parliamentary campaigns against the policies of the National Government and the austerity measures it has implemented. Mana activists were prominent in the local protests of the Occupy Movement, opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the privatisation of energy companies.

Since early 2012, in the working-class Auckland suburb of Glen Innes scores of Mana Party activists including Hone Harawira and John Minto have been arrested protesting the privatisation of state housing and the eviction of hundreds of residents.[23]

In 2013 in the South Auckland suburb of Mangere members of Mana's Mangere Branch led a successful campaign against a proposed motorway through the suburb which would have destroyed hundreds of homes and cut across the grounds of three local schools.[24] Mana has also organised protests that has led to the removal of illegal gaming machines from a fast food shop in Otara.[25]

See also[edit]

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  2. ^ "Harawira takes Mana to Parliament". New Zealand Herald. 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2011-06-25. 
  3. ^ "2011 Te Tai Tokerau by election stats". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
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  7. ^ "Harawira resigns from Parliament". 11 May 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Focus on Politics show on Radio New Zealand National, 2011-07-23
  9. ^ "Hone Harawira on The Nation". The Nation. 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2011-04-30. 
  10. ^ Chapman, Kate (2011-04-25). "Harawira sets sights high for party's debut election". Stuff. Fairfax New Zealand. Archived from the original on 2011-05-01. Retrieved 2011-05-01. 
  11. ^ "Application to register political party". Elections New Zealand. 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2011-05-24. 
  12. ^ "Hone Harawira's new party made official". 24 June 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Applications to register political party logos approved". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-09-12. 
  14. ^ "Harawira upset at election broadcasting cash omission". 2011-06-02. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  15. ^ "Labour's Meka Whaitiri wins Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election". New Zealand Herald. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  16. ^ "John Minto for Auckland mayor?". 3 News NZ. April 16, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Mayoral candidate Minto pledges free public transport". Radio New Zealand. July 8, 2013. 
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  20. ^ "Len Brown re-elected as Auckland Mayor". One News. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
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  22. ^ Young, Audrey (2011-04-30). "Hone 'Heke' tax key to Mana party launch". The New Zealand Herald (APN News & Media). Retrieved 2011-05-01. 
  23. ^ "Glen Innes housing protest 'biggest yet'". 2013-06-02. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  24. ^ "Mana congratulates anti-motorway campaign in Mangere, Otahuhu and Otara". 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  25. ^ "Mana Party protest against pokies operation". 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 

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