Jeremy Smith reports that Labour has kicked off its Otaki electorate campaign with rallies in Levin and Paraparaumu.
In Horowhenua, the campaign for Levin-born candidate Teresa Ngobi included songs and prayers in Maori and also Samoan.
Mrs Ngobi has Samoan ancestry and is married to Henry Ngobi, who comes from East Africa.
Support speaker Greg O”Connor, the MP for Ohariu picked up on the multi-cultural background, saying the the people who attended the launch on a cool Levin evening were ‘the real New Zealand.’
Latest polling suggests Otaki which has been held by National’s Nathan Guy, who is standing down after four terms, may be up for grabs.
Loudest applause for non-attender
The candidate ran on the record of the Labour led government, with the loudest applause coming for someone not in the room- Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Mrs Ngobi , who has been working as a Winz case manager in Levin, was introduced by Te Tai Hauauru MP Adrian Rurawhe with Palmerston North MP Ian Lees-Galloway also speaking.
Labour stalwarts lend support
Labour’s past was also in evidence.. the audience included party life member Dr Ian Scott, who stood three times in Otaki, and 80-year old Otaki resident Margaret Hayward who was the personal secretary to Norman Kirk , the Labour Prime minister from 1972 to 1974.
Link to facebook: the first one is the Maori support group from Koputaroa: https://www.facebook.com/100001404398930/videos/pcb.3243770532346395/3243759479014167/
And the second is a Samoans contribution.