Walking to victory

Invercargill MP Eric Roy always tries to do something a bit different with his election campaigns.

In 2008 he had a carbon zero campaign and launched it by planting native trees.

This time he’s walking to victory with a 360km trek through his electorate.

He expects to spend about three hours on the road each day and he’ll be multi-tasking. He’s taking his phone to deal with constituent matters while walking, meeting some en route and will complete each leg of the journey with an opportunity for the public to meet him over a cuppa.

A trek of this length isn’t for the faint-hearted or unfit but this is the bloke who walked several hours out of the bush with a broken leg and who celebrated his recovery from cancer by running the Kepler Pass.

12 Responses to Walking to victory

  1. Andrei says:

    A bit of a stunt perhaps but this is exactly the way an MP should campaign – being visible and accessible to the electorate over a cup of tea.

    I love it.

  2. homepaddock says:

    Yes – people are far more likely to have a chat with him this way than at a formal meeting.

  3. robertguyton says:

    I’m going to be out there to meet Eric and ask him some questions, just as I did at the event on the weekend. I’ll ask him (again) why National ignore the advice, strongly delivered, of Jan Wright, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, to leave the lignite that lies below Southland’s farmland, where it is. Eric’s initial answer was unconvincing, so I’ll ask again, politely, of course. Good on the old fella for getting out there to meet the people. I reckon he will.
    I like to think he’s modelled himself on me, as I rode my bike around Invercargill streets for 3 weeks prior to the local body elections, meeting people and getting to know the city. It worked for me 🙂

  4. Inventory2 says:

    It might have worked for you Robert, but did it work for the public good? 😉

  5. jabba says:

    I would say the good people of Riverton wish they could turn back the clock on that one I2.
    Whats’s your bike made of bOb?

  6. robertguyton says:

    We’ll see, Inv2, we’ll see…

    Jabba (I’m certain a friend of mine has a cat named ‘jabba’ – are you from Thailand?)
    What’s my bike made of? Bits and bobs, naturally!

  7. gravedodger says:

    A glaring deficiency of the move to MMP is the loss of connection with a local MP. Auchinvolle’s very long West Coast electorate and Katene’s Te Tai Tonga. How the hell can they realistically “Keep in Touch”.

    Good on Eric Roy.

  8. homepaddock says:

    Clutha Southland’s bigger than West Coast Tasman and Waitaki’s not much smaller (34,888 square kms compared with Epsom’s 23 sq kms). They work very hard but it’s an impossible job.

  9. robertguyton says:

    I stood in Clutha/Southland, Ele. I could tell you a story or two about what it’s like to try to cover such a big electorate. Eric, of course, is Invercargill.

  10. homepaddock says:

    Tell away, Robert.

    It was hard enough being National’s electorate chair for Otago, when we lost the seat – I travelled thousands of kilometres as a volunteer.

    I know Eric is Invercargill’s MP – it’s big enough at 5,617 sq kms.

  11. homepaddock says:

    There is another view on that Robert. See my 9am post which I’ve just updated with a link to yours.

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