I’m not long home from a wonderful weekend of fun, inspiration and motivation at the National Party’s Mainland Conference.
More on the contrast between that and Labour’s spend and tax recipe for dragging us all backwards again tomorrow.
The conference was held in Christchurch. Not surprisingly the earthquake, which Keeping Stock reminds us happened three months ago today, was in everybody’s minds.
In conference sessions and conversations during breaks those of us from outside the city learned more about the devastation and on-going difficulties dealing with the aftermath.
The gratitude for the help from other parts of New Zealand and round the world, the determination to rebuild and the positive attitude towards the recovery were inspirational.
A small (3 point something) quake this morning was felt by some. None of us was shaken by that but all were moved by the strength and resilience of Christchurch people and the support they’re getting.
An example of this was an $11,000 cheque raised by Young Nats at their 75th anniversary ball and presented to the Canterbury Student Volunteer Army.
Prime Minister John Key, National Party President Peter Goodfellow, Mark Nicholson, Sam Johnson and Sean Topham.