Stu­dents have a chat with the PM

Havelock North Village Press - - Front Page -

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.

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