Sophie Ryan

Sophie Ryan is an NZME. News Service reporter.

Press secretary's tirade overshadows campaign launch

Laila Harre, Pam Corkery and Hone Harawira.
Laila Harre, Pam Corkery and Hone Harawira.

The Internet Mana party launched their campaign today with a promise to create 50,000 jobs - but the message was overshadowed by press secretary Pam Corkery launching an attack on journalists wanting to speak to Kim Dotcom.

She told reporters, who wanted to speak to the party founder about his admissions of hacking, to "just piss off".

"We've talked about jobs today and people living in poverty. You want to interview Kim, who did say no interviews, about a 19-year-old story," she said.

"You work in news you puffed up little s***." Dotcom left the venue without speaking to reporters, 3News reported.

Earlier, Dotcom had told the audience that as a 19-year-old he hacked the German credit rating system because he wanted to ruin the German's Prime Minister's credit rating, and hacked in to Nasa to find out if aliens existed.

He predicted Internet Mana would get over 5 per cent in the electorate vote, and said he had a message for John Key: "We are going to stop your National disaster."

Hone Harawira also took a back seat at today's launch, after his involvement in a car crash last Thursday evening.

Annette Sykes, instead delivered the policy speech in front of a packed out crowd at Western Springs College.

Mr Harawira survived unscathed when he lost control of his car south of the Mangamuka Gorge last week.

After today's launch the Te Tai Tokerau MP said he could be facing a charge of careless use of a vehicle for his car crash.

He said he lost control of a rental car on the Mangamuka Hills, flipped the car and ended up down a bank where the car landed on its roof.

"I'm very lucky to be alive," he said.

Mr Harawira said he was happy to have Ms Sykes deliver the speech for Mana in his place.

"I'm really comfortable I have people like Annette, Laila, John Minto who can deliver the kaupapa." internet Party leader Laila Harre announced the party's goal of achieving of full employment for the country to an enthusiastic response from the audience.

If in government, internet Mana would spend $1.1 billon a year for the next five years to create short term jobs for young people, young single parents, people who have been unemployed for a long time and for students, Ms Harre said.

A specialised digital workforce would create 50,000 new permanent jobs in the next five years, she said.

"And this is all addition to our plans to reintroduce free tertiary education."

A programme to take away student loan debt would also be introduced, she said.

- APNZ

© Copyright 2014, APN New Zealand Limited

Assembled by: (static) on production apcf02 at 26 Dec 2014 02:09:06 Processing Time: 508ms