Cam­paign’s a jug­gling act for Ginny

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Tod­dler yoga, a hous­ing cri­sis and pe­ti­tions: it’s just a nor­mal day on the cam­paign trail, as


An­der­sen lives in the Western Hills, usu­ally a Na­tional-vot­ing area. She’s hop­ing her pres­ence there may change a few peo­ple’s views as she vies for the seat left open by Labour MPTrevor Mal­lard who last year an­nounced he would not be putting his name up for re-elec­tion. An­der­sen faces stiff com­pe­ti­tion from Na­tional can­di­date Chris Bishop but that’s not top of her mind for the elec­tion.

‘‘I don’t think about it. You’ve got so much to do.’’

She ducks out of the school play early - long af­ter Jack has been on stage - and is off for an af­ter­noon of meet­ings and door knock­ing.

Her first stop is Te Kakano O Te Aroha Marae in Mo­era where she’s meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from com­mu­nity groups to dis­cuss one of the big­gest issues in the Hutt - hous­ing and home­less­ness.

‘‘This has been an is­sue I’ve en­coun­tered be­fore, peo­ple of­ten drop into our of­fice,’’ she tells the half dozen peo­ple gath­ered.

Over a cup of tea, the group brain­storms ideas on how to reach out and any com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives they could try. As the clock ticks closer to three, a helper raises her eye­brows at An­der­sen. ‘‘We have to go,’’ she tells her. An­der­sen’s off on an er­rand, to pick up an 800-strong pe­ti­tion on sav­ing Pe­tone Wharf. She’s due at the mayor’s of­fice in half an hour to hand it over.

‘‘But I’ve got to change out of my yoga pants first,’’ she says on the way out the door.


Labour can­di­date Ginny An­der­sen speaks with Pe­tone bar­ber Ter­rence David­son on the cam­paign trail in Hutt South.

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