22 Jan 2011

Ratana followers welcome chance to hear politicians

7:44 pm on 22 January 2011

Some morehu, or followers, say they don't object to politicians using the Ratana celebration to campaign for their agendas.

The annual event started on Saturday, and will continue until Tuesday, the day which marks the birth of the church's prophet, Tahu Potiki Wiremu Ratana.

Organisers expect up to 10,000 people to attend over the four days at Ratana Pa.

Some followers say they don't mind politicians heading to Ratana to spread their campaign messages because it allows followers to hear what is going on in the country.

One morehu from Manurewa in Auckland, Suzanne Pene, says it is also an opportunity for young followers.

"It's an opportunity for our young people to have a really good view of the different parties and to start thinking of the social and economic future of our movement," she said.