Prime Min­is­ter comes to break­fast

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

‘‘If you wait around long enough,’’ the Prime Min­is­ter said. ’’You fi­nally get the job.’’

A crew of young jour­nal­ists ex­tracted some in­ter­est­ing ad­mis­sions from Bill English when he vis­ited their school in Porirua East on Fri­day.

Sada Taualai - who wants to be a jour­nal­ist - was ready when English came to break­fast at Holy Fam­ily School in Can­nons Creek.

The 11-year-old, armed with a clip­board and pen, waited un­til the PM had fin­ished his Weet­bix be­fore he posed his tough­est ques­tion. ‘‘What ex­actly is your job?’’ ‘‘I’m the leader of the gov­ern­ment and we do all sorts of things from lock­ing up crim­i­nals to pay­ing for the school,’’ he told Taualai, who ticked the ques­tion on his clip­board, nod­ded, then asked for an au­to­graph.

The grilling con­tin­ued when 9-year-old Jayelle Te­marama set aside her Milo, shook English’s hand and got right down to busi­ness.

‘‘How ex­actly did you get this job?’’

English - who doesn’t have sugar on his Weet­bix - con­sid­ered the ques­tion.

‘‘If you wait long enough you get a turn,’’ he said. ’’I did my other job well so they gave me this one.’’

Af­ter break­fast English’s cav­al­cade drove across the road to Wind­ley School to re-launch The Gra­ham Din­gle Foun­da­tion’s Kiwi Can Pro­gramme back into the city.

Foun­da­tion re­gional man­ager Lee Pow­nall said 600 stu­dents from Wind­ley, Maraeroa and Bishop Viard Col­lege would ben­e­fit from the life-skills pro­gramme.

A lack of fund­ing saw the Porirua pro­gramme end some years ago so the re-launch was a tri­umph, he said.

Wind­ley prin­ci­pal Rhys McKin­ley said the pro­gramme matched the val­ues al­ready taught at the school and the chil­dren loved tak­ing part.

Kiwi Can co­or­di­na­tor Faafoi Seiuli was de­lighted to have the na­tion­wide pro­gramme back in his home town.

‘‘We’re ac­tu­ally mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the kids’ lives and they take that home and out into so­ci­ety.

‘‘Even bet­ter is that they love do­ing it.’’

The in­struc­tors were treated like super heroes when they went into schools, he said.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, while English posed for pho­tos with of­fi­cials, one school­boy said he had en­joyed meet­ing the Prime Min­is­ter.

‘‘I don’t know much about what he does but he’s got a sweet car.’’

PHOTO: ROSS GI­B­LIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Wind­ley School hosted the Prime Min­is­ter on Fri­day when he launched the Kiwi Can pro­gramme.

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