PM im­presses kids

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Prime Min­is­ter John Key was in Toko­roa on Fri­day vis­it­ing the new South Waikato Sport and Event Cen­tre, but was also the spe­cial guest at a 90-minute pro­gramme out­lin­ing the tal­ent and cre­ativ­ity of young peo­ple in the South Waikato.

Be­fore vis­it­ing the Youth Hub, Mr Key was shown around the South Waikato Sports and Events Cen­tre by Mayor Neil Sin­clair with South Waikato coun­cil­lors in tow.

Mr Sin­clair gave Mr Key a folder with in­for­ma­tion about the South Waikato as well as the court doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to the Jimbo case.

Mr Sin­clair asked Mr Key to pass on the doc­u­ments to Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter David Carter.

Mr Key was then es­corted to the Te Wananga o Aotearoa au­di­to­rium where many of the community were in force to meet him.

Show­cas­ing some of the cul­tural diver­sity of Toko­roa, Raukawa Kau­matua Hori Deane opened the oc­ca­sion fol­lowed by Te Waka Iti kapa haka roopu.

Rev­erend Ti­mote Turu blessed the event and Po­line­tia Fa’atasi with Te Pun Vai Ora of­fered a com­bined cul­tural per­for­mance.

Mr Key told those gath­ered that em­pow­er­ing com­mu­ni­ties to have de­ci­sion-mak­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties and to make use of fund­ing ac­cord­ingly was a “no­brainer’’.

Mr Key also touched on his hum­ble be­gin­nings. “Re­gard­less of your up­bring­ing you have to make the most of what you’ve got,” he said.

“When I was 12 I dreamed of be­ing the prime min­is­ter of New Zealand and I did go on to ful­fil that dream.”

Af­ter the of­fi­cial ad­dress the prime min­is­ter was shown through the brand new Toko­roa Youth Me­dia and Mu­sic Hub by young peo­ple.

Toko­roa Youth Ser­vice Man­ager Jade Ho­haia said the PM was very friendly and per­son­able with the kids who were ex­cited to meet him.

‘‘In the hub he added his name to a dream on a dream wall, he recorded a jin­gle for FRESH Fm and he lis­tened to some of our students’ mu­sic. He com­mented on how tal­ented our young peo­ple are.”

SWAMPED: Prime Min­is­ter John Key was given a warm wel­come when he came to visit Toko­roa last week.

MAY­ORAL GIFT: Mayor Neil Sin­clair pre­sented the prime min­is­ter with in­for­ma­tion about South Waikato.

PO­LIT­I­CAL LINEUP: Lo­cal politi­cians got in on the act when Prime Min­is­ter John Key vis­ited the Sports and Events Cen­tre last week.

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