MP visits Huntly College to inspire students
Huntly College students were given the inside word on the life of National MP Paula Bennett with a personal visit last week.
The Minister of Social Housing addressed the senior students at the school on Wednesday morning.
Bennett shared some of her life story in aid of inspiring them.
‘‘I just love having the opportunity to [talk visit schools] particularly to talk to the senior students.’’
She hoped the story of being a solo mother and being the underdog would help them in their own journey, especially when the teenagers encountered ’’confusing and hard times’’.
‘‘Everyone was looking at everyone else, the solo mum from Taupo wasn’t that interesting.’’
Before becoming involved in Government, she was involved in HR recruitment and told the students she had it all and an opportunity advance in her career.
Then she was given the chance to run for National Party’s Waitakere seat in 2005 and though unsuccessful she entered as a list MP.
Bennett talked about how she was ‘‘written off’’ when she first entered politics and being from a small town, the students may come across the same situation.
But the moral of her story was to never underestimate their own power. ’’If it resonates with one, then that’ll do.’’
Students had time to ask Bennett questions after the hourlong talk in the North Waikato school’s library and one student asked her how they could keep students in school.
‘‘I think things like the (Huntly College) service academy and the trades academy are things that we back... but we are all different, some of us like to read, some like to get our hands dirty,’’ Bennett said.
She said in the modern world, schools needed to connect with different ways of learning.
It was the first time she’s visited the school and she also travelled to the NZ School of Commercial Diver Training, PLB Construction Group in Huntly and Aparangi Village in Te Kauwhata.
National MP Paula Bennett attended Huntly College last week.