Cunning stunts on the waterfront #1: Transport policy launch!

September 23, 2008

I can’t help it, this will be a slightly irreverent look at our policy launch photo-shoot on Sunday.

I’ve held off to let Frogblog have the shine of ‘firsting’ the issue, and of course, posting the official pix.

As you might have noticed from the shot of Jeanette shown, it was grey skies, windy, and everyone was well rugged-up.

Gareth Hughes and his team had done a great job begging people to come down on a Sunday afternoon, and he’d found help from the WCC Events team (p.a. & sound engineer), Living Streets Aotearoa (fetching dayglo orange vests, for marshalls to wear), and of course, Go Wellington buses, for a nice big new yellow bus, and the accompanying very patient bus driver, who mostly stood around for a couple of hours while the crowd was marshalled, photographed, re-marshalled and re-photographed. There was also the use of a balcony on the 3rd floor of the NZX building, for the photographers to get the panoramic shots of the 7 X 7 grid of cars parked next to the bus.

There were greenies from all over, due to some out-of-towners gathering for important exec meetings; and a stray Melbournite of my acquaintance, whom I was very pleased to nearly stand on, thus shrieking and leaping to hug her!
There was much networking of those who campaign on various issues going on in the corners, so I’m sure it will go down in memory as one of the social events of the campaign trail. All-in-all, a great way to produce PR, with committed ‘extras’ who weren’t about to complain about any of the delays, or other wee situations, that ensued.
I jumped on my bike for the cyclists shot, which I then failed to take any pix of, so once more I’m keeping my face off the blog 😉

Jeanette soldiered on in the face of (by then) heavy wind gusts, and her worsening sore throat, to be supported by Russ as it appeared that wind, speech notes, a glass of water, and then trying to use her hankie, all got a bit much. The details of the policy (see frog’s post!) were well-received by the crowd, especially the ‘cheap fares for children, students, beneficiaries and the elderly’ policy.

A bus-worth of car drivers carrying banners!

A bus-worth of car drivers carrying banners!

Jeanette with co-leader support to launch transport policy

Jeanette with co-leader support to launch transport policy

A few green cyclists, after the organised bit was over.

A few green cyclists, after the organised bit was over.


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