Getting M.P.s on board

Over three days, the Heartland Tour battle bus has been in central, west and south Auckland, garnering support from ordinary Kiwis and from politicians alike.
Labour Deputy Jacinda Adern may have a new electorate but that didn’t stop her making an early morning visit to her old stomping ground at Newton Central School. It was soon obvious she’s still a favourite here, as locals greeted her and signed the Support Staff petition she presented to them. She took time out to talk with Principal Riki Teteina about the struggle to meet the needs of all students during a freeze of funding.
Later in the day Michael Wood MP visited May Road School, signalling his on-going support for #Betterfunding of schools and a reversal of the freeze that has compromised ECE since 2010.
In the west, Phil Twyford MP joined the campaign in down-town Henderson to get petition signatures, before visiting Edmonton School to show his support to teachers and support staff.
It was a very early start on Saturday at the Mangere Market. Field Officer Mereana Epi Mana and several of her colleagues from Komiti Pasifika worked the shoppers to gather a record number of signatures of support.
On Monday the van was again in the South. Green Party MP Marama Davidson joined us at Homai Primary, reinforcing the support she’d demonstrated in turning out for the support staff PUMs. Then after a lunchtime in Manurewa shopping centre the van went to Rowandale School where Principal Karl Vasau and his staff turned out to gather parent support. In this they were joined by local MP Louisa Wall – a staunch advocate for centralised funding of support staff.adern1 edmonton twyf ed twyf mickey wood

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