Campaign’s a juggling act for Ginny
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.