Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visited the Nelson Food Factory last week. Photo: Jonty Dine

Admirers catch a glimpse of Prime Minister in Nelson


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was mobbed in central Nelson last week as crowds of admirers gathered around her trying to catch a glimpse or a selfie with the Labour leader.

On Thursday, she visited the Nelson Food Factory and Pic’s Peanut Butter before making her way into central Nelson.

Ardern spoke to various food companies which had made use of the Food Factory, which was helped by Provincial Growth Fund investment of almost $780,000.

The factory includes four commercial food-grade kitchens, a warehouse and chiller space, staff amenities, and a presentation kitchen for visitors and customers.

Dozens of people asked her for photos as she made her way down Bridge St and up onto Hardy St.

She was greeted by Labour supporters on Church St before attending a meeting at Nelson Budget Service.

She was in the city to help prospective Labour candidate for Nelson Rachel Boyack campaign to try and unseat incumbent National MP Nick Smith.

Labour also took the opportunity to promise to launch investigations to ensure New Zealanders are paying a fair price for groceries and building supplies as the economy recovers from Covid-19.

Ardern says a recent market study into fuel costs had shown prices were too high at the pump, which led to “swift action” to address pricing and competition to help lower prices at the pump.

Now two more market studies will look into the price of groceries and building supplies.

Labour says the studies will answer questions and concerns raised that Kiwis are paying more than they should for these products.