MP emotional opening her office here

Kiri Allan with daughter Hiwa-i-te-rangi Allan-Coates. File picture by Katee Shanks

Labour list MP for the East Coast region, Kiri Allan, described herself as “surprisingly emotional” when she officially opened her Gisborne-based electorate office this morning.

“Our door is open,” she said.

The office is at the Gladstone Road-Stanley Road intersection.

Ms Allan said the “Red Flag” was now in Gisborne for the first time since 2014.

It was good to be located near the Elgin office of Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

Like other speakers at the opening, Ms Allan honoured the late Koro Wetere, a long-serving Labour MP and former Maori affairs minister.

Ms Allan apologised for the absence of employment minister Willie Jackson, who like most of the Labour caucus was at the tangi of Mr Wetere this morning.

Deputy Mayor Rehette Stoltz said Gisborne District Council looked forward to working with Ms Allan.

The MP was passionate and enthusiastic.

The opening was “the start of our journey together”.

Mrs Stoltz said she had met many people in Tolaga Bay after recent flooding who were “so impressed by your presence on the ground”.

Labour list MP for the East Coast region, Kiri Allan, described herself as “surprisingly emotional” when she officially opened her Gisborne-based electorate office this morning.

“Our door is open,” she said.

The office is at the Gladstone Road-Stanley Road intersection.

Ms Allan said the “Red Flag” was now in Gisborne for the first time since 2014.

It was good to be located near the Elgin office of Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

Like other speakers at the opening, Ms Allan honoured the late Koro Wetere, a long-serving Labour MP and former Maori affairs minister.

Ms Allan apologised for the absence of employment minister Willie Jackson, who like most of the Labour caucus was at the tangi of Mr Wetere this morning.

Deputy Mayor Rehette Stoltz said Gisborne District Council looked forward to working with Ms Allan.

The MP was passionate and enthusiastic.

The opening was “the start of our journey together”.

Mrs Stoltz said she had met many people in Tolaga Bay after recent flooding who were “so impressed by your presence on the ground”.

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