PM impresses kids
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.