- Matt McCarten, former president of the Alliance, more recently strategist for the Maori Party, makes a modestly successful run in the Mana by-election on a leftwing ticket.
- Chris Trotter, hirsute voice of the trade unionist left, and occasional addresser of Alliance party conferences, writes a column telling we, the left, how much we love Hone Harawira. And follows it up with a scornful column targetting Phil Goff for political timidity and centre-chasing (1).
- Sue Bradford, recently retired leftwing Green MP, suggests that a new leftwing party might provide a home for the disgruntled Maori MP, Hone Harawira (2) - or, more realistically, Hone might provide an electoral rock for a new leftwing party to cling to.
1 - "The Left's Favourite Warrior," by Chris Trotter. Posted on Bowalley Road, 21st of January, 2011.(http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2011/01/lefts-favourite-warrior.html) and, "Who Doesn't Dare - Loses," by Chris Trotter. Posted on Bowalley Road, 28th of January, 2011 (http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2011/01/who-doesnt-dare-loses.html)2 - "Bradford confirms Leftist party talk," by Martin Kay and Tracey Watkins. Published on stuff.co.nz, 31st of January, 2010. (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4598641/Bradford-confirms-Leftist-party-talk)