A convoy frontrunner with Maori flags.

by Geoffrey Churchman

About 300 people of all ages showed up on the Peka Peka bridge over the Expressway this morning to greet the protest convoy that began in Waitangi 2 days ago. Many, as can be seen in the pic had banners endorsing what the convoy participants are saying about the Jacinda government’s handling of the issue in general and about medical apartheid in particular. There was also a mix of flags: standard New Zealand, RSA, Maori, He Whakaputanga and even Canadian, a reference to the trucker protestors there.

I was there for about 50 minutes, but wasn’t able to stay for the main part of the convoy. However, in that time a significant number of frontrunners on their way to Wellington went past underneath. About half the big trucks that passed underneath tooted in appreciation, even if they weren’t part of the protest convoy. About 20% of other vehicles did also. Many cars and utes crossing the bridge also expressed support and I only noted one Jacindanista who shouted insults. Traffic flowed freely, although it may have slowed up later.