The potential of the Mana Maori merger is huge –this could catapult the working class and Maori with real tangible political power and provide New Zealand with its first Maori Prime Minister. – this should be the tactic
Both party’s get 1.1% of the Party vote combined these equal 2.2%. The Party list will need to be increased dramatically and a large campaign of standing approx. 40 candidates across New Zealand in the general seats in a campaign for the party vote on a budget of $500 for each candidate registration fees & billboards etc.
Billboards –a minimum of 20 per candidate and deploy them on the first day bylaws permit, secure the best fences having already asked for permission from property holders in the weeks leading up to the campaign smother every electorate in billboards across New Zealand.
Social networking -would be mission critical any political campaign in the 21st century not using social networking is dead. –Facebook and twitter need to be updated with new photos on a daily basis a good photo –use your smart phone.
Tamaki makaurau seat is the critical seat and needs a high profile candidate to secure the seat from labour possibly JT and Willie (The Roast busters incident has damaged their reputation’s within Maoridom but they would defeat Shane Jones who had an incident with pornography).
Socialist Aotearoa is the most important component of Mana Movement that needs to be preserved at all costs. Mana-Maori party needs to prove it is for all New Zealanders as John Minto indicated in the Minto for Mayor campaign. Mana Pakeha would be the backbone of the new organisation with candidates like Sue Bradford, John Minto and Martyn Bradbury people who contribute so much.
Avoid aligning with any party that attacks workers’ rights and beneficiaries ,sells state owned assets and supports Neo Liberalism.e.g National
Mana Pasifika needs to be developed with talented candidates like James Papalii or Makelesi Ngata because all Polynesian people are suffering the same plight in New Zealand of poverty and lack of employment.
If the Mana-Maori party vote reaches 2.7% Party vote including 4 MP’s in Parliament this permits an extra 3 list MP’s for a total of 7 MP’s, with elected MP’s you don’t need to meet the 5% threshold. This could be boosted to eight with wins in Ikaroa-Rawhiti against Meka Whaitiri and Otara/Papatoetoe with a high profile Pacific Island candidate from Mana Pasifika.
Before merging robust debate needs to be engaged with the membership of both organisations in town-hall debates. such a venture would require Hui (Meetings) held across the country this should also be made into a media spectacle promoting the new political movement. If a merger failed the Maori Party support will eventually diminish until it was no longer represented in parliament because its not seen fighting for the rights of the working class by propping up a National government that attacks those very rights The performance of the Maori party has proven it needs to be component of a larger socialist organisation. An important tactic of toppling the National government in 2014 elections is taking away the Maori Party’s support.