Monday, July 20, 2009

THE TAMAKI LAUNCH!!

WOW!! What an awesome experience getting to meet the PRIME MINISTER OF NEW ZEALAND (JOHN KEY!!!). As I heard the news that I was one of four who were going to meet him and one of the two who were going to interview him, I nearly jumped out of my skin!! Knowing that it was all about my local area, Tamaki, I was interested in what answers he would give me when I asked him a couple of questions.

Mr Burt (my school Principal) explained to us why he was coming to
Tamaki. He said that, "He is coming to launch the Tamaki Transformation Project." We talked with Mr Burt about how its important to raise mindware of the community at the same time as we change the housing. The word 'mindware' means the way you make choices about things and why you make them. Mr Key is also helping with our local facilities and with our area's housing problems.

As I went into the Ruapotoka Marae I sat down as part of the Tangata Whenua. Tangata Whenua means you are part of the area hosting - in this case I was because I live in the Tamaki Area. When John Key was coming into the marae he was welcomed warmly by people of our area and marae. After that they had a talk about the community and what they will do to help it improve. It was time for people to have a kai.


After the Prime Minister had a little snack HE WAS READY TO INTERVIEW US!!

We waited for him just outside the Marae. The Prime Minister came outside and boy were we ready to interview!!


First Sela greeted him and told him about somethings that he may be interested in. Then it was my turn. The questions that I had for him were good because they really brought out the thought of his ideas for the community.


At the end of the interview I gave him an invitation a flash drive so that when he plugged in the flash drive he would see what ideas we had for our area. So then I asked him if he and the Minister of Education could come along to our school so that we could share our ideas with him. And guess what happened? He said YES!!! I was thrilled to hear that word come out of his mouth so then we thanked him for his time and returned to school very happy.


Check out the movie of me and Sela interviewing the Prime Minister while Cruz filmed this interview.

video

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sela and Tanielu you did a great job for both your school and your community. Good questions that showed you has thought carefully about what would help you and other kids get the most out of your local area. We will all watch to see what happens with the Tamaki Transformation Project and whether your ideas come through.

Mr K

Carolyn Stuart said...

I was so impressed by how well prepared you were for the interview. You had your questions well thought out. Were you nervous?

Russell Burt said...

Hey Tanielu
I am so proud of the job you guys did. I thought all of you did amazingly well and you've done an equally good job of writing up the event.
You represented our community extremely well.
Well done!

Mr Burt

Mum said...

Hi Tanielu, we were very excited when we heard that PENN was going to interview the Prime Minister. I did feel a little nervous for you as it's something not many children get the chance to do. Watching your video just now - I'm so proud of you and Sela and the way you spoke with confidence, you represented our community well. Your family is proud of you. Papa has already cut your picture with the Prime Minister out of the local courier and has it sitting on the 'special shelf' in his cabinet.
Malo lava Tanielu.
xx mum

Casey said...

Cool Tanielu you are famous because i saw you on the news paper.

Room 8, Melville Intermdediate said...

This is probably one of the best pieces of work that I have seen since I started blogging last year. I loved Sela and Tanielu's interview you were wonderful there were no mistakes and you did such a good job. Incredibly professional and I think that everyone can be incredibly proud of the work that you have done. This should have been on the TV3 or TVNZ news as well. Wonderful, wonderful work.
Mr Webb, Melville Intermediate, Hamilton, Waikato.

Room 8, Melville Intermdediate said...

This is probably one of the best pieces of work that I have seen since I started blogging last year. I loved Sela and Tanielu's interview you were wonderful there were no mistakes and you did such a good job. Incredibly professional and I think that everyone can be incredibly proud of the work that you have done. This should have been on the TV3 or TVNZ news as well. Wonderful, wonderful work.
Mr Webb, Melville Intermediate, Hamilton, Waikato.

MrWoody said...

Well done! I love the way you have used written work and an audio visual element to make your presentation come alive! :-)
Keep up the great work.
Mr WOody
Fairfield Intermediate
Hamiltron, City of the Future.

p.s. What do you use to record your videos? I think I'd like to buy a "Flip Video" for my class.