Day 5: Lights, Camera, New Plymouth
Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, it feels so good to have given ourselves to these wonderful communities at a grassroots level. Today it was the turn of the Naki and lovely New Plymouth.
Now I hadn’t been to New Plymouth since age of seven and was happy to find that it is just as amazing and beautiful as I remembered it. It was great to have the opportunity to once again work in the sun and contribute to a local community.
Our objective today was to visit St Marys Cathedral where we were greeted by Don and Charlie, members of the church, who welcomed us in with firm handshakes and smiles. Also present was local Labour list MP, Andrew Little, who joined in with the gardening and got us some much needed refreshments.
We also meet Marie Ardern who grated us with hugs, encouragement, and praise. Marie is the aunty of former Young Labour member Jacinda Adern MP who was one of the participants in the first Young Labour Clarion Tour.
We worked hard eliminating the weeds in the gardens and clearing leaves from the driveway. There were lots to be removed so that the areas under the trees could be seeded. St Marys Cathedral is a historic and beautiful building that is tourist attraction and used by many in the community.
After hard day’s toil, we cooled off at East End beach and I even managed to fit in a jog to earn the upcoming potluck dinner put on by the New Plymouth LEC (which had some scrumptious delights and deserts).
To finish off the day we turned out in force to the local Festival of Lights and enjoyed the fantastic sounds and scenery with the locals.
Tomorrow we head off to Palmerston North where reinforcements (more volunteers) will join us from Auckland and Wellington.
By Alan YoungClarion Tour 2013