Tot coached for fun
The wheels on the bus went round and round for Paremata Playcentre preschoolers when one of their number decided she wanted to share her love of luxury coach travel with her classmates.
McKenzie Lawrence, 2, from Aotea, enjoys travelling in the Tranzit Coach Lines coaches with her mum Cheryl’s marching team so much she managed to convince her parents it would be a good idea if all her Playcentre could have a go.
Cheryl, who coaches the Glennette marching girls, rang her favourite driver, Gareth Williams, to see if he would take a group of under-fives and their parents on a short trip. Given Mr Williams is an exNew Zealand Army driver with eight years’ experience, including deployments to Timor Leste and Afghanistan, he believed he was up to the challenge.
Vehicle parts business Multi spares, run by McKenzie’s dad Malcolm, sponsored the trip to Lindale.
‘‘We thought it was a good opportunity to cover the shortfall of the trip so the kids could have a turn in a coach,’’ he said. ‘‘McKenzie loves going on marching trips on the bus. She talks about it for a week afterwards.’’
After being lifted down off the bus by Mr Williams, the children enjoyed lunch at the Lindale cafe.
‘‘I liked sitting in the front of the bus because there were some seatbelts,’’ Joseph Reiher, 4, said.
‘‘I could see the sea and the other cars.’’
McKenzie is already busy planning another coach trip for next term.
Riding in style: McKenzie Lawrence and dad Malcolm enjoy the trip.