Key makes history at Dunstan
Alexandra rolled out the red carpet for the Prime Minister for a visit to ‘‘see something a bit different’’.
John Key started the day at Dunstan High School, making history as the first Prime Minister to visit the school. He then got his hands dirty in the sandpit with some early childhood pupils at Kidsfirst Alexandra Kindergarten.
‘‘The kindergarten was beautiful and the school was absolutely fantastic and you can see from the successes those youngsters are getting.
‘‘We can take a great deal of confidence in it but we should be supporting rural schools. I mean, Dunstan hadn’t had a Prime Minister ever go there, and when you think about it, they should have by now, so it was good to go.’’
He took time to answer some pressing questions from children. Fletcher Corderoy, 4, of Alexandra Kindergarten, asked him how many bees there were at the Beehive.
‘‘Do you know...none,’’ Key said. ‘‘But they were wanting to put some bees down at Government House just down the road. It is called the Beehive because it looks like a beehive.’’
Kidsfirst Alexandra Kindergarten head teacher Lisa Lowery said it was a privilege to have the Prime Minister at the kindergarten.
Some children had prepared important questions.
‘‘It was great to see his natural interaction with the children, and many of them recalled how he was helping them in the sandpit, digging and having fun. Pixi thought it was really funny when Finn asked him to drink the muddy water.’’
Key said he had wanted to spend time in Alexandra to ‘‘see some things that were a bit different’’, which included a visit to Earnscleugh Station where he observed Peter Lyon’s shearing gang hard at work.
‘‘Obviously the rural communities are the backbone of the country, shearing isn’t something that gets the level of exposure I suppose that maybe dairying and other things do. I have been a bit to shearing shows...but I have
never seen it on the farm.’’