I’ve run street corner meetings in every sizable township in Rangitkei – Bulls, Shannon, Marton, Feilding, Ohakune, Raetihi, Ashhurst, Taihape and Taumarunui, and a couple in not so sizable places, like Pohangina. I’m counting the Pohangina meeting as the best attended – six people came, from sixty households. That’s a fair proportion of the village’s voting population.
The best question came at a meeting meeting on Clifton Terrace, from a school girl. “Why did you decide to do this?”
The answer is simple: because I believe in real, substantial equality, of the kind that means that each person can look the other in the eye, as equals. And I want to work to achieve that.
I got a round of applause at that meeting.
The most entertaining meeting so far was the one I ran in Raetihi, attended by four or five kids on their bikes. They all had a turn on the megaphone, and then they talked to me about what they liked about their school.
On the agenda this week – two candidates’ forums today, one tomorrow, leafletting and street corner meetings in Taihape on Saturday, another candidates’ forum on Sunday. It’s all go.