Rugged weather in Rodney

It bucketed down in Rodney but the Heartland Tour went on. In the carpark at Mangawhai Beach school, field Officer Heather Holmes and Branch President Michelle Dempsey sloshed about while gathering a good number of petition signatures from parents dropping off their children. The usual ‘hug, drop and roll’ was completely disrupted.

Heather Holmes getting signatures in the wet

Heather Holmes getting signatures in the wet

Staff with Michelle Dempsey

Staff with Michelle Dempsey

Staff turned out for a photo before the #Betterfunding campervan headed off to Kaiwaka Primary for a morning tea catch-up with teachers and support staff. After signing the petition themselves the staff undertook to take a couple of large postcards out into their community that they’ll deliver to their local MPs.

Kaiwaka staff with driver Chris Stuart

Kaiwaka staff with driver Chris Stuart

At our next stop the Tomarata school Principal Lynne Duffin and her staff had already covered the office area with #Betterfunding signage and have a plan for building community support.

Tomarata School stands for #Betterfunding

Tomarata School stands for #Betterfunding

In the main street of Wellsford wet shoppers joined in the conversation about funding our schools. These communities get the importance of adequate and equitable funding of children’s education. Then it was on to enthusiastic welcomes at Rodney College and Wellsford Primary where even the bin monitors proclaimed the Operations Grant freeze complete rubbish. A great result in trying weather!

Talking to the locals in Wellsford

Talking to the locals in Wellsford

Students at Rodney College with the #Betterfunding battle bus.

Students at Rodney College with the #Betterfunding battle bus.

The freeze is rubbish!

The freeze is rubbish!

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