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PM joins The Kollective

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spent a couple of hours meeting with members of The Kollective on September 8, discussing a wide range of social issues and Labour’s policies.

After a mihi whakatau where the meaning of the pō and native birds outside were explained, she spent time touring the building and chatting to those busy at their desks. She was admiring of the concept and efficiency of co-working spaces.

It was a blue sky day for the visit and in an area Ardern knows well. She was originally a Labour list MP in the Bay of Plenty, which is where she met list MPs Jan Tinetti and Angie Warren-Clark who accompanied her, along with Waiariki MP Tāmati Coffey, and Police Minister Stuart Nash.

Ardern asked plenty of questions about social issues in a sit-down informal meeting with SociaLink, TECT, Acorn and the Huria Trust.

She learned more about the Covid response from social agencies, and the issues facing a city where residents appear wealthy on the surface but where there are many homeless, and struggling families.

She discussed the government’s approach to social infrastructure and where assistance is needed in managing social issues.

Ardern then popped into a SociaLink Zoom meeting with social agencies discussing Covid response issues, and spent more time than expected answering questions from participants and outlining how the government has addressed social issues.