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'Family issue' keeps Dotcom from kapa haka champs

NEIL REID
Last updated 12:21 10/05/2014

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Kim Dotcom says a personal family issue has forced him to withdraw from accepting an invitation to attend today's kapa haka champs in Rotorua.

Mana leader Hone Harawira announced on Thursday that the Internet Party founder had accepted the offer to attend the Te Arawa Kapa Haka Regionals as a ''special guest'' of Mana president, Annette Sykes.

But this morning Mana and Dotcom issued a press release saying Dotcom would now not attend due to ''a personal family issue.''

''I was really looking forward to a wonderful programme today and send my best wishes to all the participants,'' Dotcom was quoted.

''In addition, I was going to use the opportunity of being in Rotorua with senior members of the Mana Party executive to continue discussing the ways the Internet Party and Mana Movement can work together.

''Those discussions are well advanced and we will now find other opportunities to carry forward the discussions."

The Mana Party and Dotcom's new political party have been widely-tipped to join forces.

On Thursday, Harawira said Mana was looking forward to hosting their ''special guest'' at the Te Arawa Kapa Haka Regionals.

"The Mana AGM was the first time he'd ever been to a marae,'' Harawira said.

''He said he'd love to come and watch some kapa haka, and the Te Arawa comps just happened to fit perfectly with his schedule.

"I understand Annette will be making a special announcement on Saturday as well so it should be quite a day."

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