Ardern takes the cake at school

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - TOM HUNT

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.

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