Posted on October 11, 2021 at 1:13 p.m.
PM a warm Nati: Ngati Porou East Coast adds another fan to his legion.
Ngati Porou East Coast added another fan to his legion on Saturday. . . the Prime Minister.
Jacinda Ardern led the coast in a three-day campaign to encourage people to get vaccinated.
Ms Ardern, her partner Clarke Gayford, East Coast MP and Cabinet Minister Kiri Allan and Ikaroa MP and Minister Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri attended the Heartland Coast Championship clash with South Canterbury.
They also attended part of the NPEC Women’s Team game against Eastern Bay of Plenty in nearby Kahuitara Park.
The PM, dressed in an NPEC jersey, wandered through Whakarua Park, mingling with the locals.
She gave a brief half-time speech, reinforcing the vaccination message. A vaccination post was installed on the ground and supporters and players (after the match) took the opportunity to get vaccinated.
The prime minister was encouraged by the rising Maori vaccination rate – a daily record of 10,283 doses were administered to Maori on Friday.
“It’s really a big priority for us right now,” she said. “And we continue to see these numbers increase. This campaign is for New Zealand. We want every corner to be reached so that every corner is safe ”.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, East Coast MP and Cabinet Minister Kiri Allan and Ikaroa Rawhiti MP and Cabinet Foreign Minister Meka Whaitiri pose with Coast and Whanau squad members after the match. Images by Paul Rickard
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, clad in an NPEC jersey, strolled through Whakarua Park, mingling with locals – including Ma Parata (above) in her ute “tribune”.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern delivers a half-time speech, reinforcing the vaccination message.
Minister Meka Whaitiri and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meet with Ngati Porou players from the east coast.
BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE: The Prime Minister watches the events from the stand in Whakarua Park during Ngati Porou’s Heartland Championship rugby match on the east coast.
Lessgo Coast: Ngati Porou second in five-eighth Te Manu Herewini flies over the touchline with winger Teina Potate supporting him and South Canterbury winger Kalavini Leatigaga grabbing the air in a Heartland Championship rugby match at Ruatoria Saturday. The Southerners won 34-12 – their fourth victory in as many games – to stay ahead of the 12-team standings while the Coast is in ninth place. Poverty Bay collected a bonus point in its 12-10 loss to North Otago to place seventh overall. Coast will aim for victory over struggling Buller at Ruatoria this weekend as Bay faces a tough game against second-place Thames Valley at Gisborne. See the report of the match in the sports section. Photo by Paul Rickard