Prime Minister Visits Pinehurst 

New Zealand Prime Minister and Local MP Mr John Key accepted an invitation by Pinehurst Head Girl Emma Cavanagh and Head Boy Ben Wedd to hear their perspective on several issues including youth having a voice and changes to tertiary education.

Although a Year 13 student at Pinehurst Senior College, Emma Cavanagh is an old hand when it comes to politics, having been involved from a local perspective on the North Shore City Youth Council since 2007, Co-Chairperson in 2010 and currently on the PR Committee.“Inviting Prime Minister John Key gave us the opportunity to speak to him on issues that affect youth in 2011,” she said.

She has great political ambition and plans to study Law with Politics at Auckland University with hopes of running for local board elections in 2013.  With a strong interest in the areas of Justice and Foreign Affairs, Emma’s desire is to eventually become an MP. 

Head Boy, Ben Wedd has an equally impressive CV when it comes to the realm of public speaking and involvement in political forums for the young. As an active member of Pinehurst’s UN Youth Delegation he has represented Pinehurst at the regional Auckland Conference and was recently named Best Speaker at the Crisis Model United Nations Conference at Massey University, based on the events surrounding the Cuba Missile Crisis. Along with Emma and Sammi Le, Ben will be attending the national conference in Wellington in July.

Mr. Key was also invited to attend a Senior College assembly in which he, Executive Principal Ms. Sherida Penman Walters and the head boy and girl addressed the school.

The Prime Minister spoke on issues predominantly affecting youth, including the effects of alcohol, smoking and the social issues surrounding these topics. He also spoke on having ambition and believing in these ambitions.

After the assembly he was taken on a tour of the school, visiting several classrooms from Primary through to Senior College. The students were able to ask questions and show their work.  

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