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Kapi Mana News, Porirua  by Virginia Fallon
04 Apr 2017
General News - page 1 - 406 words - ID 751860089 - Photo: Yes - Type: News Item - Size: 846.00cm2

Prime Minister Bill English answered the tough questions at a special breakfast meeting. Page 3 Prime Minister comes to breakfast

"If you wait around long enough," the Prime Minister said. "You finally get the job."

A crew of young journalists extracted some interesting admissions from Bill English when he visited their school in Porirua East on Friday.

Sada Taualai - who wants to be a journalist - was ready when English came to breakfast at Holy Family School in Cannons Creek.

The 11-year-old, armed with a clipboard and pen, waited until the PM had finished his Weetbix before he posed his toughest question.

"What exactly is your job?" "I'm the leader of the government and we do all sorts of things from locking up criminals to paying for the school," he told Taualai, who ticked the question on his clipboard, nodded, then asked for an autograph.

The grilling continued when 9-year-old Jayelle Temarama set aside her Milo, shook English's hand and got right down to business.

"How exactly did you get this job?" English - who doesn't have sugar on his Weetbix - considered the question.

"If you wait long enough you get a turn," he said. "I did my other job well so they gave me this one."

After breakfast English's cavalcade drove across the road to Windley School to re-launch The Graham Dingle Foundation's Kiwi Can Programme back into the city.

Foundation regional manager Lee Pownall said 600 students from Windley, Maraeroa and Bishop Viard College would benefit from the life-skills programme.

A lack of funding saw the Porirua programme end some years ago so the re-launch was a triumph, he said.

Windley principal Rhys McKinley said the programme matched the values already taught at the school and the children loved taking part.

Kiwi Can coordinator Faafoi Seiuli was delighted to have the nationwide programme back in his home town.

"We're actually making a difference in the kids' lives and they take that home and out into society.

"Even better is that they love doing it."

The instructors were treated like super heroes when they went into schools, he said.

After the ceremony, while English posed for photos with officials, one schoolboy said he had enjoyed meeting the Prime Minister.

"I don't know much about what he does but he's got a sweet car."

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Windley School hosted the Prime Minister on Friday when he launched the Kiwi Can programme. PHOTO: ROSS GIBLIN/FAIRFAX NZ

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