After the rain in Rodney the Hibiscus Coast welcomed the Heartland Tour with sunshine as the team began early at Stanmore Bay School. Branch stalwart Julie Cooney, worksite rep Fran McFall and Branch President Claire Hunt worked the arriving parent community and by start of school had added 120 new signatures to our Support Staff petition.
Before our next scheduled spot we made a dash to Whangaparoa College to drop off materials at the invitation of Principal James Thomas. We then made a flying visit Fantails ECE before reaching Silverdale Primary in time for morning tea where teachers and support staff posed in front of the #Betterfunding van. They’re committed to taking large postcards out to thei community for signing and looking forward to presenting them to their MP.
Lunchtime saw the #Betterfunding bus in Orewa township where it was joined by support staff and teachers from Orewa North Primary. The conversations with shoppers were invaluable and the signatures flowed.
Our last school visit was to Stella Maris where a group of teachers and support staff engaged with large numbers of parents picking up their children. From there the battle van travelled to an autism workshop where sixty plus committed professionals needed no persuading to give support to the campaign to end the freeze and adequately fund our tamariki.