Labour appear to be in trouble in South Auckland.
A reader emails:
National’s Mangere candidate Misa Fia Turner has¬†been working the Mangere markets every week¬†since she was selected at the end of May. Not sure the Nats have ever had someone like this before in Mangere.
Labour¬†and Su’a William Sio have never been the whole time we have been there.¬†A few of them¬†run a¬†stall right on the edge of the market¬†- you are not allowed political stalls inside. Not much good though¬†as nobody bothers to go outside the market to see them.
Anyway, the PM visited Mangere¬†on Tuesday¬†and met with 500 pacific leaders and church leaders.¬†On Friday¬†the following txt is sent to Labour candidates and activists:
“Good morning candidates and activist, we are gathering as many people to surround David Cunliffe at the markets¬†tomorrow¬†morning. we need to gather a ‘sea of red’ from¬†8am¬†at the Otara market and¬†10am¬†at Mangere. Spread the word”
Now it rained a lot this morning and DC was a no show to both while the Nats were out in force handing out flyers and balloons. Check out Fia’s Facebook page for some pics:
The Nats got absolutely soaked walking around the market and there is even a video of them dancing to keep warm.¬† In contrast a few of the candidates and activists that bothered to show for Labour were seen huddled around their stall. And as the Nats walked past Labour yelled out “Go Get Wet!”
Not sure why DC was a no show but I understand it was similar at Otara markets.