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Tales from the left ground

Written By: - Date published: 6:34 pm, July 17th, 2014 - 26 comments
Categories: activism, election 2014, equality, greens, internet mana party, jobs, labour, poverty, sustainability, unemployment, workers' rights - Tags: ,

The election campaign is gearing up.  Volunteers are starting to join parties efforts, out on the ground at the flax roots.

In the midst of my day today, a heart warming sight: Carmel Sepuloni and a team of red shirted supporters, a strong and visible presence outside the Henderson Mall.  Made my day.

And there’s some images on Carmel’s Twitter.

Like this one:

Sepuloni Team Henderson July 2014

I will be party voting Green.  But my candidate vote will be to Sepuloni

And this one:

Sepuloni Team formation Henderson July 2014

I know others have tales from campaigns in their area.

Marama Davidson has been campaigning at Otara, as shown on her Twitter stream:

Marama Davidson twitter otara

 

The Internet-Mana Party has been out on a road trip – image from The Daily Blog:

IMP Road trip From Daily Blog

 

There must be many stories and pics out there of opposition parties campaigning on the ground….?!

Standardista Rosie has brought us some tales from OhariuDunne over on Key spy review

26 comments on “Tales from the left ground”

  1. Jilly Bee 1

    I too was heartened when I drove through Henderson this afternoon, I gave Carmel and Simon a good toot from my wee Mazda Demio as I passed.

  2. Rosie 2

    Awww! Look at all those smiling faces in the twitter photo’s :D Heartened to see wonderful women leading the charge.

    I have to say I haven’t read the post on the poll results (I’m sticking with Swordfish) – I am feeling energised and positive about all the good things that are happening on the ground and want to stay on that road. Your story illustrates the enthusiasm and drive that is evident of the Left in this campaign. It feels different (to me at least), from 2011. We are back!

    As for People’s Power Ohariu, we are busy gearing up for a very busy time, with leafleting and billboard production. We’ll also have our facebook page up next week which we’ll let you know about. We heartily welcome fellow Standardista’s aboard :-)

  3. Saarbo 3

    Great post: This is the way the Left will win.

  4. big bruv 5

    I guess it is much easier to stand in the middle of a town centre waving a placard than it is to knock on doors and defend a leader who is sorry for being born a male?

  5. kiwigunner 6

    I attended the Mana Roadshow in Kerikeri last evening. The hall was full (about 150 people) and I was surprised to see a real cross section of folk there. This is only the second ever political meeting I have been too (Bob Jones way back in Rotorua) so maybe I simply don’t know but I hadn’t expected to see so many older people and I’m a little embarrassed to say non-Maori.

    Kerikeri has been Blue since the 1940’s so this was actually quite impressive – as would be expected there was a bit of anger from the floor at question time around the abandonment of the Far North over the years but I was struck, and heartened, by the number of people who are really concerned about our society. There were loud cheers at the suggestion of free tertiary education and start up government grants for business (KDT credits a similar start up for his success ($20m paid back in two years).

    The local guy was quiet and nervous but obviously clever and committed – a bit of work and training required there but promising. Overall I was impressed and maybe 5% is possible for Mana/Internet which would put the cat among the pigeons a bit!

  6. Tracey 7

    The Greens have now got over 5000 volunteers comitted to their campaign.

  7. Shona 8

    Good turnout in Kaitaia for the IMP at Te Ahu on Monday. Laila on form. Hone is the local hero so I reckon 200 people as the main hall floor was covered with folks standing. My brother says 150.
    My partner and I have been canvassing and targeting young people to encourage them to vote. Seems to be a lot of anger (understandably) amongst the under 35’s.Late 30’s to 50’s solid support for Winston among small business people. In health and education it’s the Greens who have the numbers.

  8. karol 9

    Thanks for the report from the north, Kiwigunner and Shona. It does seem to be an area neglected by the mainstream of politics/media. And it sounds like there’s a lot of dissatisfaction there. Hope the momentum works to get a lot of people out to vote.

  9. irascible 10

    Tofik Mamedov is running an enthusiastic and positive campaign in Botany. The team have been out canvassing since October last year and have built up a hard working Campaign group. Check out the Botany Labour facebook pages for photographs of the activity there.

  10. philj 11

    The old saying ” governments get voted out rather than in” comes to mind. The priority of establishing a non commercial quality Public Broadcaster to inform the public is essential for a healthy demockary. RNZ is slipping and TVNZ is a sad joke. Have yet to be impressed with Labour’s grasp on this vital issue. The Nats don’t believe in it at all. Wonder why the public keep voting for these shysters? Keep folks in the dark and feed ‘em bs. .Thank you Muldoon and Douglas./sarc.

    • Karen 11.1

      Last time they were in power the Labour Govt made a real hash of public broadcasting. The charter took far too long to be instigated and it was very easy for the Nats to dump it when they were elected. You would think they could now see what happens when National Radio is left vulnerable to a right wing takeover and there is no television public broadcasting channel able to counter the totally biased commercial media.
      Unfortunately, I still don’t thinkLabour are taking broadcasting seriously.

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