June 23, 2017
MP says marae stay positive for political interns
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare says the international students he has encountered working on Labour Party’s campaign seem to be having the time of their lives.
Questions are being asked about the Campaign for Change , under which the students were either billeted by party members or housed at Northcote’s Awataha Marae while they did tasks like door knocking or enrolling new voters.
The programme was led by former party staffer Matt McCarten, but the party’s head office took it over this week after it became clear it had got too big.
Mr Henare says he has talked to the volunteers at various campaign events over the past few weeks.
"I haven’t heard any complaints or moans. If anything I have heard how cold our winter is compared with some of the places they come from. this is a journey for them. They have come to New Zealand, pretty blown away with what they have seen for good and bad reasons and I just hope we can be sort this out so that they can continue to enjoy Tamaki, continue to enjoy Aotearoa, and the memories they take home will be positive ones," he says.
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