Tot coached for fun

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

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.

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