Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s visit to her hometown was in many ways the polar opposite of Tuesday’s protest outside the Beehive, reports Newsroom. After a tour of a factory in Avondale and informal visits to businesses she’d been in touch with, Ardern arrived at the Fale o Samoa in Mangere to visit a vaccination drive organised by a Pasifika youth group. Representatives thanked the PM, calling her aunty, before she took the mic and dished out her own thanks for the work communities have done in South Auckland to drive up vaccination rates. “Auckland is my home – and because Auckland is my home, my friends and family are here,” she said.
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