Overwhelming support for campaign

When Murray Smeaton  volunteered for the first leg of the Heartland campaign he knew it would be a big undertaking but not quite how massive the response would be (photographed here in the Otago Daily Times).
“Having driven the Better Funding camper van for three weeks to a large number of schools, early childhood education centres, kindergartens and town centres, I have been overwhelmed by the support of parents, board of trustee members and the general public,” says Murray.  “The common sentiment is, “Well, this is a no-brainer. Of course we want to have better funding for our kids.”
The van has been a highly visible mobile billboard all down the South Island’s West Coast, in Bluff, Fiordland, Queenstown, Wanaka, Central Otago, and all points in between.
“Thank you to NZEI members for the hospitality extended, and for the many hours put into collecting signatures on post cards and the petition,” says Murray.

Glenda West, support staff member at Mataura School: "So proud of our community thank you so much for your support our children are 'WORTH IT'."

Glenda West, support staff member at Mataura School: “So proud of our community thank you so much for your support our children are ‘WORTH IT’.”

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