Mixed re­ac­tion to Ardern visit

South Waikato News - - Out & About - LUKE KIRKEBY

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern’s wide smile wasn’t enough to im­press every­one when she vis­ited Toko­roa on Wed­nes­day.

Ardern vis­ited Kin­leith Mill for a guided tour of its in­ner­work­ings but the gen­eral public on Toko­roa’s streets missed out.

A post on the Gen­uine Toko­roa Page from Arthur His­cock ques­tioned the agenda be­hind Ardern’s brief visit.

‘‘Light­en­ing visit to the mill but no in­volve­ment with the lo­cal com­mu­nity as far as I know. Must con­sider this place a safe Labour haven not worth the ef­fort to get out in public in town,’’ he said.

The post re­sulted in a flurry of com­ments from lo­cals.

Ryan Robert­son said ’’two ticks Na­tional for me’’ and Rona Wheel­don said Ardern should have made more ef­fort to meet other groups while in town.

‘‘We hosted [Taupo Na­tional MP] Louise Up­ston out in the bush a few weeks back [and she] ac­tu­ally spoke to the men do­ing job. Dis­ap­pointed didn’t get the same op­por­tu­nity to hear from the other side more,’’ she said.

Oth­ers voiced their sup­port of the brief visit.

‘‘Jacinda breezed through like a breath of fresh air which is ex­actly what our coun­try needs,’’ Di Dee said.

But many said they were fed up with po­lit­i­cal cam­paign­ing al­to­gether

‘‘Do you have to vote?,’’ Shiloe Petero said.

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