What a day to drive through Taranaki! Day 11 of the Yes We Care roadshow gave us a bunch of that famous Taranaki wind, really giving our sandbags a run for their money. We had stops in both Hawera and New Plymouth, with the wind finally blowing the last of the cloud off the maunga as we arrived in the most western part of the country. In Hawera we found a family photo of Steave’s cousins. Our cut-outs have finally dried out after the soaking they got in Wellington and Lower Hutt, giving us a chance to do some much-needed maintenance and repairs.
It was largely a solo mission for us today, with no-one coming out to help set up or pack down the events. This proved frustrating for the crew, especially when travelling so far to include important parts of the country, and then not being able to get the stories we wanted to tell. Our run of successful front or third-page articles was brought to an end today, which really highlighted for us the need for local people to step forward and speak about their experiences. Without the local angle to ground the roadshow in each location, we can’t build the support needed to get Kiwis the care they need, when they need it.
Today we also said goodbye to our cameraman Rico; he’s leaving us for a few days. But we have the wonderful Sunny coming in to step in and provide video support in his absence. After many tears and heartfelt words we departed Taranaki and started out on the longest driving section of the roadshow. Next stop; Hastings. Join us, and share your stories at YesWeCare.nz/share-your-story