September 09, 2014
Feed not weed Mana message
Mana's Mangere candidate is backing leader Hone Harawira's veto of Internet Mana's weed campaigning, despite his personal support for decriminalisation of marijuana.
An expletive-laden email has emerged from Mr Harawira to the Internet-Mana communications team asking why they were workng on ads about the party's decriminalisation and medical marijuana policy, rather than continuing to stress child poverty and school meal programmes.
James Papali'i says the campaign needs to stay focused.
"I do believe in decriminalising marijuana so our youth are not penalised for having a joint, I do think it's important, but it shouldn't be as important as the kaupapa of feeding our childen, and that is what Mana is focusing on. Hone is the leader and he is reining in Internet Mana. Any relaitonship in its early days will have its bumps but I think with the strong leadership of Hone those will work themselves out," he says.
The Internet Mana roadshow winds up in Otara this evening, with Hone Harawira, the Internet Party's Laila Harre and Kim Dotcom and the parties' South Auckland candidates sharing the stage at Hillary College. Doors open at 6 for a 7pm start.
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