In the lead-up to New Zealand's national day last week, Murray Bridge's Maori community has found something else to celebrate: a new bus.
The Maori Evangelical Church of SA picked up the 22-seater recently thanks in part to a $5000 grant from the federal government's Stronger Communities Program.
Federal MP Tony Pasin caught up with the church's leaders to check out the new wheels.
"For those who may not have other transport options, this bus means a lot," he said.
"It could be the difference between attending events and remaining engaged with the community or feeling isolated at home because getting to events is just too hard."
That was exactly what the program was about, he said: strengthening communities and ensuring they had what they needed to remain great places to live into the future.
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