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Helen well-received, but what about Winston?

Sep 18th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

SORRY, Winston, it may be all over, if the complete absence of interest in your fate at a Grey Power meeting today is any indicator.

Prime Minister Helen Clark kicked off her election campaign at an overflowing Knox Presbyterian Church in Lower Hutt by talking Grey Power members through Labour’s record on health, housing, education and superannuation.

Her speech was applauded at several points – most noisily when she announced an increase to $500 for hearing aids subsidies, as well as free off-peak travel on public transport for Super gold card holders.

After answering queries mailed in before the event from members, Miss Clark took a number of questions from the crowd on the day, most of which focussed on pensions and access to health care.

Not only was the fate of Winston Peters absent from questions asked, but none of those attending spoken to by NewsWire reporters afterwards were interested in talking about him either.

For new Grey Power member Joan Norman, the Prime Minister’s speech had been informative, but had not covered all the issues she was interested in, like carbon emissions and the safety of food manufacturing.

“This audience was only interested in what was good for them, not asking questions about other issues,” she said.

John Morgan, an ex-Labour Party member, thought the speech was business as usual: “Helen spoke well, but we’d like to have seen John Key too, for comparison.”

The Prime Minister was joined onstage by local Labour candidates Chris Hipkins (Rimutaka), Charles Chauvel (Ohariu-Belmont), Grant Robertson (Wellington Central) and Trevor Mallard (Hutt South).

Chris Hipkins recognised many locals from his electorate in the audience, but was keen to see an Upper Hutt Grey Power date in the future for the Prime Minister.

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