Today Symon and I (along with a group of other Northlanders under 40 years of age) had the privilege of meeting New Zealand's Prime minister, John Key, and a few other ministers of parliament at the beautiful Copthorne Hotel in Waitangi.
While being offered platters of delicious canapes and drinks, we listened to various Ministers of Parliament share, including John Key - and it was actually quite interesting.
Three people were selected to ask Mr Key a question, and my awesome husband Symon was one those. His question was a great one (and not controversial for once) and it was in regards to family life balance and handling pressure with such a stressful job. I was very impressed with Mr Key's answer, especially hearing that he works on average 16 hour days, 6 days a week (check out his mean body guard to the left).
Afterwards we mingled, and I couldn't resist getting a few shots with the rich and famous (if you could consider New Zealand politicians to be famous).
First I chatted with Far North MP, John Carter and casually mentioned that I'd love a photo with the Prime Minister. He rather promptly walked me over to the Prime minister, moved a chair and snuck me in next to John Key for a photo. John Key turned to me and said an awkward "hello" and I said a polite and rather awkward "hello" back, before we both turned and smiled for the camera. Classically awkward moment - but very worth it.
I then moved on to chat with Hon Paula Bennet (Minister of Youth Affairs and Minister for Social Development and Employment) and get some tips on how to get around our anti-smacking law - JUST KIDDING. She actually shared a rather funny joke with me and was really nice.
So all in all we had a really great time. Politicians aren't as bad as they seem, and even though we don't agree on everything, today I saw and listened to some people who do actually care about our country and it's people, and want to make a difference.
On the way home we stopped at the most amazing Café ever - but that will have to wait until tomorrow...