Over two days, my whanau, supporters and I undertook an epic mission to erect our election hoardings and corflutes from Muriwai, south of Gisborne up to Te Araroa, at the north of the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate. A round trip of 400 kilometres, with vehicles people and resources in toe. As we moved through the East Coast, new conversations were initiated and old friendships rekindled.
After reaching the top of Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, my brother and I returned back to the Hawkes Bay. The trip was a journey of over 600km for me, and more for my whanau- new learning, and bonding along way.
It was a humbling experience to travel this distance, construct the hoardings from scratch and erect these in this part of the electorate. Ikaroa-Rāwhiti is a vast electorate, and will have at least 140 corflutes.
I want to mihi to the many individuals and whanau who helped construct and erect these, those who are maintaining them and the many who will pull them down before Saturday 20 September.
Ka nui taku mihi aroha ki a koutou katoa.
This blog post was reposted from Meka's original blog here.