I did some street corner meetings in Corstorphine and Concord last night. Up on the hill above South Dunedin. Traditional working class, lots of state housing. Low income, struggling families. Elderly.
The day before a street corner meeting we leaflet the area to let people know we’re coming. So they are prepared when a politician turns up with a microphone on their corner.
Amazing crowds turned out to listen to me and I finished a lot later than I’d planned as people wanted to share their stories and ask advice and express their concerns about the effect of current government policies on them now and their fears for the future,
Then a woman called Fiona came up to me. In her 30s, on a stick. An injury and she’s battling with ACC over her eligibility. She said her daughter Gracia had made something for me. It’s the first time I’ve been given such a treasure. Gracia, aged 7 is highly politically aware and bamboozles her mother with the questions she asks. I had never met her or her mum before.
This is what Gracia gave me.
Take note John Key. She’s our future.