Jacinda Ardern made a special pit stop during her quickfire tour of eastern North Island, where she visits the places with the lowest vaccination rates, to encourage locals to vaccinate.
During a layover in Murupara on Thursday, the Prime Minister had the opportunity to visit the house where she had lived with her family as a young child while her father worked in town as a police officer.
“While I was in Murupara today, I stopped at the house we used to live in,” Ardern wrote on social media.
“These days it is used by cops on night shift so they opened it to me. It’s amazing how rooms can bring instant memories. When I walked into the kitchen, I remembered my mother hiding the goodies in the top closet . ” . Once I climbed on the bench to reach inside and burned my knee on the pot … I still have the scar! And the green carpet is still there. I have many fond memories of life here. It was a pleasure to visit him in this house. “
The Prime Minister was allowed to take a look at her parents’ house. (Photo / Facebook)
Ardern was born in Hamilton but had a short time in Murupara where she went to school.
She told e-tangata in 2017 that she had “really positive memories” of her time there, which she called a “great community”.
Speaking to the Herald in 2016, the Prime Minister said that bottles were once pelted at the house across from the police station and that she once came across some “tough guys” threatening her father. “Go on, Jacinda, go on,” said her father.
In 2014, she told New Zealand Woman’s Weekly that her experience in Murupara sparked the instincts that led her into politics after seeing rampant inequality in the city as a little girl.
“I always noticed when things felt unfair,” she said in an interview. “Of course, as a child, that’s not what you call social justice. I just thought it was wrong that other kids didn’t have what I had. When we moved to Morrinsville I was eight years old and … I started doing something about it – joining human rights groups at school and all. “
As part of their tour to promote vaccination, Ardern was in Hastings and Wairoa yesterday.
During the flying visits, which were only arranged the day before, Ardern spoke to staff at the front and the public to take their pictures.
The house is now used by the local police. (Photo / Facebook)
On the Murupara leg of their visit, three protesters appeared while Ardern was greeted with signs saying “Freedom of Choice” and “Informed Choice”.
Murupara currently has the lowest vaccination rates in New Zealand.