Students have a chat with the PM
Prime Minister John Key arrived to a sea of noisy chatter as the pupils of Havelock North Primary School welcomed him to Hawke’s Bay recently.
Flanked by Tukituki MP Craig Foss, the Prime Minister stopped to talk to some of the youngest Bay residents, shake hands and sign autographs outside the Havelock North Function Centre, before he asked the students to sing Happy Birthday to one of his advisers.
The kids happily obliged, before Mr Key asked how long they had been waiting— to which “hours” and “for years” were just a couple of the answers given.
Mr Key said it was great to be back in the Bay, but his visit was not long enough. “It never is,” he said. Havelock North Primary school principal Nick Reed acknowledged there had been localised discussion around the pupils’ attendance, with it being a a “National-Labour political thing”.
However, he said it was not about this at all, but rather about celebrating the fact that the Prime Minister of the New Zealand was here in the Bay.
“Which, for us, is fantastic,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity to see the Prime Minister of the country. I think they will get some long-lasting memories. They will look back on this day as being really special.
PATIENT WAIT: Havelock North Primary School pupils waiting to see the PrimeMinister.
WALK AND TALK: Tukituki MP Craig Foss and PrimeMinister John Key talk to pupils from Havelock North Primary School outside the Havelock North Function Centre this month.