Labour may take at least a fortnight to produce, despatch and erect up to 5000 new billboards, new leader Jacinda Ardern says.
First the campaign committee has to come up with a new tag line to replace the “fresh approach” currently gracing the old billboards with ex-leader Andrew Little and Ardern.
The bounce in donations in small amounts to the party will help to pay for a new batch.
Labour general secretary Andrew Kirton said the party had received about $150,000 on-line in the 24 hours to 2pm yesterday. Another $100,000 had come in off-line and about 1000 had contacted the party to volunteer.
“I feel a huge sense of responsibility from that,” Ms Ardern said at Parliament.
“That’s people reaching into their back pocket and giving their hard-earned cash to what we are fighting for this campaign and to support us and the team, so genuinely moved by that actually.”
The transition is not going to happen within days.
“There is going to be a delay,” she said. “Just logistically, printing, despatching, getting them up, it is going to take a bit of time. It could be a couple of weeks.”
She confirmed that deputy leader Kelvin Davis would be No 2 on the party list as required under the constitution the Te Tai Tokerau MP along with the other five Maori electorate MPs had previously elected to stay off the list.
“We don’t have time to be playing with the constitution right now,” Ms Ardern said.
She said she had not yet discussed Mr Little’s role or list place with him but said at her first press conference she wanted him to on the front bench (in Labour that is the top 12) and she wanted him in any Labour cabinet.
“I don’t expect there to be many changes at all to the line-up of the senior Labour team.” NZME