Te Tai Tonga candidate Ngaire Button is on a roadshow with Whaea Tariana Turia, Co-leader and retiring Minister of Whānau Ora.
“It has been a great opportunity to travel with Tariana and learn at first hand the most important political lesson – to listen, learn from and love the people” said Ms Button.
“We spent Sunday and Monday in Dunedin, Invercargill and Bluff; meeting with constituents, hearing at the flax roots about the issues that matter most to our whānau -responding to health challenges, addressing family violence, focusing on whānau wellbeing.
“The whole of Te Tai Tonga is of course in shock after the horrific events in Ashburton and our thoughts have been with the family and friends as they grieve.
“Today our tour took us to Christchurch where we attended an event celebrating the success of Māori and Pasifika Trade Training; an initiative Tariana introduced in 2013 and which has seen over 3000 placements. There is nothing as inspiring as seeing our rangatahi equipped with all the skills to take on the world.
This afternoon we will be at Takahanga Marae in Kaikōura; before heading to hui in Blenheim, Nelson and Motueka on Wednesday/Thursday.
Then on Friday it’s back to the capital city, the northern edge of Te Tai Tonga.
“What I’ve learnt already on this roadshow is that the legacy Tariana has created in Whānau Ora will always be paramount in our agenda. We are all standing because we want to build on the foundation built by Tariana, Dr Pita Sharples and Te Ururoa. That means that whatever it takes to keep people well; to keep Whānau Ora at the forefront of our minds, will continue to drive us forward.
“The call is for our people to support us with both their votes so that we can continue with this vital work, whatever Government gets voted in on 20 September”.
Authorised by Ngaire Button, 18 Whitehall Street, Mairehau, Christchurch