The fifth anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake which killed 185 people. Labour Leader Andrew Little went back to the Cashel St building he was in when the earthquake struck, before attending a memorial service in Hagley Park with Labour’s Christchurch MPs.
Jacinda Ardern’s column in this weekend’s Sunday Star Times also focuses on Christchurch, specifically the funding cuts to mental health services.
And still in Christchurch – Andrew called in to Clubs Day at Canterbury Uni, then on to 24/7 Youth Network, a not for profit charitable trust that’s doing some brilliant work with schools and the community.
Meanwhile in the deep South:
Sadly, they missed the O week toga party in Dunedin, but Andrew Little, Chris Hipkins, David Clark and Clare Curran did manage to get in a bit of al fresco dining during a whirlwind tour of the city’s educational institutes. Even then they were still working – with Andrew doing an interview with Critic writer Joel McManus and the others ensuring the next round of visits were on schedule.
Defence Spokesperson, former Labour Leader and Auckland mayoral aspirant Phil Goff announces he will not stand in the 2017 election whatever the result of the local body elections, saying he felt he had "done all the things I wanted in central government”.
John Campbell’s interview with Leisa Renwick and Jeff Patterson is worth a listen. The pair have advanced melanoma and are lobbying the government to fund Pharmac so it can offer Kiwis life-saving treatment available in other countries but not here. You can support them by signing our petition here.
A quartet of MPs are leaping in, walking shoes and all, to help raise funds to support people living in poverty. Jacinda Ardern, Grant Robertson, Clare Curran and Chris Hipkins - aka Team Labour of Love – are expecting to set a blistering pace when they set out on the 50km Oxfam Trailblazer challenge walk in Whakatane in April. Andrew Little kicked off their campaign with a $200 donation.
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