Wairoa doesn't want Wellington to solve its social ills anymore.
It wants to solve them itself.
Community leaders had the ears of the Government on Tuesday, when a delegation headed from the small Hawke's Bay town to Parliament.
At least 10 community leaders, including the mayor, a councillor, iwi representatives and a rangatahi representative spoke to ministers, with a showcase involving about 40-50 people from the town, and another 40 or so expats.
Mayor of Wairoa, Craig Little, said it was probably the first time such a big delegation had headed to Parliament from any town, let alone one the