I was impressed by this press statement from the Mana Party on the ground in the Ikaroa Rawhiti by-election reporting that they door-knocked over 1000 houses over the weekend and found that support for their candidate was over 70%. As a political campaigner of many years experience, and I’m now running Labour’s by-election HQ in the Hawke’s Bay, I know what a heroic amount of work by literally hundreds of volunteers has to go in to get a result like this.
We were also out door knocking last weekend, in Flaxmere, and on average to find one person on the Maori roll who was at home our volunteers needed to go to between 7 and 10 houses. That means Mana must have door-knocked something like 5000 to 10,000 homes. That’s an incredible effort!
I don’t think they could have door-knocked in Flaxmere though, where Labour and Meka’s support was steady and strong but I guess we’ll find out where all these Mana supporters are this weekend when we go back out on the campaign trail.