Ardern takes the cake at school
They say if you want something done ask a busy person.
But when young mother Helena Wardle sent an invitation asking Labour leader Jacinda Ardern to her school, she wasn’t overly optimistic.
Then came the call from Ardern’s press secretary saying the Labour leader could be there at 11am the next day.
That day was Wednesday and the school was He Huarahi Tamariki, a school for teenage parents in Linden Wellington.
It is a school where young mothers can breast-feed in class and the walk to see their children in the childcare area is through just a couple of doors.
As word was landing that NZ First leader Winston Peters had touched down in Wellington, Ardern was walking through the doors of He Huarahi Tamariki.
The only thing of note on the table here was a cake. Written by the students in the icing were the words, ‘‘Let’s eat this.’’
There were no hard-nosed negotiations, rather talk of how MMP worked, an inside look at the day Andrew Little first asked her to take the Labour leadership - she had been down the road in Tawa that day - and encouragement to learn.
Wardle said the excitement of knowing that Ardern would come to the school led to ‘‘unbelievable’’ excitement.
Nakita Kopua, arguably the most excited in the packed room, said: ‘‘It didn’t feel like it could happen but it did.’’
Jacinda Ardern hands out the ‘‘Let’s eat this’’ cake at He Huarahi Tamariki. Right, Helena Wardle and Jazreah, left, and Nakita Kopua and Tai Te Ariki with Ardern.