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Visit from the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern

Kurawaka, Manawanui, Sunny & Joshua —

By Kurawaka M, Manawanui M-M, Sunny C & Joshua G

On June 26th, Westmere School Te Rehu was very lucky to have New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern come down and get to know our school. We showed Jacinda around our wonderful kura and went through all the Studios. Everyone was really excited to have such a special visitor walk through their class.

Four lucky students got to accompany Jacinda around the school. By the end of the tour everyone was ready to talk about what Jacinda does for Aotearoa New Zealand. It was really interesting looking into the life of such an important person.

We got the chance to sit down and interview Jacinda. It was fascinating to talk to her and hear her ideas about schools around Aotearoa New Zealand.

What does the Prime Minister actually do? He aha te mahi a te Pirimia?

They do lots of important things to help their country like going to other countries and representing NZ. They pretty much do everything.

What are you doing about making te reo Māori compulsory in schools? Kei te aha koe kia whakaakona te reo Māori ki te katoa o ngā tamariki kura ?

We are trying to teach everyone te reo Māori but we don't have enough teachers so we are giving out scholarships for people to learn.

What do you think about the students’ climate strike? Pēhea ōu whakaaro e pā ana ki te “porotū mō te ahuarangi”?

I think it was a good idea because the students are spreading awareness. All the people who don't care about climate change are starting to realise that we need to start doing something.

What does Jacinda Ardern do on a daily basis? He aha ngā mahi a te Pirimia (Jacinda Ardern) ia rā, ia rā?

Usually 5-6 interviews, a lot of questions from different parties in Parliament and always a whole briefcase full of letters.

Overall it was an amazing experience for Westmere Te Rehu and the students who got to meet her.