It was terrific to have the whole Labour caucus visit Dunedin for two days earlier this month. The Monday was run as a retreat at Warrington with the surf lifesaving club providing the perfect venue for strategic planning. It was also a chance for the caucus to gather in a less formal environment after the intensity of the leadership selection the previous month. The caucus emerged united and energised with a common understanding of the task ahead. A gathering of members and supporters at Toitu rounded out the day. Tuesday’s activities were focused on visits to local businesses, community groups and the like. My group visited Cadbury, the University, Cargill Enterprises and Invermay. Other groups visited R&D intensive firms, tourism operations, schools, social service providers and more.
I’m still receiving positive feedback about the Labour caucus’ Dunedin visit. I was proud to show off our part of the world. And dozens of local NGOs, businesses, schools and community organisations appreciated the opportunity to give direct feedback to visiting MPs. The MPs enjoyed their stay too. My colleagues have asked that their gratitude be passed on; the direct feedback they received during their visit to the South feeds directly into understanding of the areas for which they carry responsibility. So there you have it – Thank you Dunedin.