Action woman Allan gets Swiss couple’s vote

To the rescue.

To the rescue.

Labour list MP Kiri Allan (centre) with two Swiss tourists she helped when fallen trees blocked the road near Lake Waikaremoana. Picture supplied

MP Kiri Allan has impressed two Swiss tourists as a politician of action.

The praise came after the Labour list MP used her four-wheel drive vehicle to clear a way around fallen trees for the two tourists stranded on the remote road between Lake Waikaremoana and Ruatahuna.

Ms Allan said she took great pride in exploring every nook and cranny of her widely spread electoral area around East Coast — the largest general electorate in the North Island (13,700 square-kilometres), which is held by the National Party’s Anne Tolley.

Ms Allan climbed over trees and hitched her vehicle to the road-obstructing branches.

“Luckily my four-wheel-drive and a bit of elbow grease found a gap for them to go through,” she said.

Ms Allan did not look like a parliamentarian.

“I was dressed in my hunting gear.”

The decals on her vehicle clearly identified her as a MP but her new Swiss friends still asked if she was a parliamentarian.

Once assured of her true identity, one of them said, “you must be one of those politicians who does more that talk.”

Ms Allan said the Swiss were an adventurous couple who were in New Zealand for three weeks

The MP was “exploring” tourist areas with wife Natalie and their eight-month-old daughter Hiwa when she encountered the visitors.

“Hiwa is a little ripper,’’ Ms Allan said. “From meeting Swiss tourists to formal occasions in parliament, she takes everything in her stride.”

MP Kiri Allan has impressed two Swiss tourists as a politician of action.

The praise came after the Labour list MP used her four-wheel drive vehicle to clear a way around fallen trees for the two tourists stranded on the remote road between Lake Waikaremoana and Ruatahuna.

Ms Allan said she took great pride in exploring every nook and cranny of her widely spread electoral area around East Coast — the largest general electorate in the North Island (13,700 square-kilometres), which is held by the National Party’s Anne Tolley.

Ms Allan climbed over trees and hitched her vehicle to the road-obstructing branches.

“Luckily my four-wheel-drive and a bit of elbow grease found a gap for them to go through,” she said.

Ms Allan did not look like a parliamentarian.

“I was dressed in my hunting gear.”

The decals on her vehicle clearly identified her as a MP but her new Swiss friends still asked if she was a parliamentarian.

Once assured of her true identity, one of them said, “you must be one of those politicians who does more that talk.”

Ms Allan said the Swiss were an adventurous couple who were in New Zealand for three weeks

The MP was “exploring” tourist areas with wife Natalie and their eight-month-old daughter Hiwa when she encountered the visitors.

“Hiwa is a little ripper,’’ Ms Allan said. “From meeting Swiss tourists to formal occasions in parliament, she takes everything in her stride.”

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