Mixed reaction to Ardern visit
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.