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Monday, May 6, 2013 110798 numberworksnwords.com Howick Ph 535 1926 www.national.org.nz Contact us anytime. Jami-Lee Ross MP FOR BOTANY Maurice Williamson MP FOR PAKURANGA Jami-Lee Ross P: 09 271 3255 E : firstname.lastname@example.org Maurice Williamson P: 09 572 0000 E : email@example.com 114383 Vol 42, No 36 General 271 8000 ■ Classified 271 8055 ■ Delivery Enquiries 271 8014 ■ Website www.times.co.nz 120532 Kelly Flavell Law Assisting I n Your Success Commercial Sales & Purchases Telephone (09) 535 2150 102709-v2 Est. 1972 By CHRIS HARROWELL SENIOR citizens got a glimpse at the life of a Prime Minister when John Key called into Dannemora Gardens Retirement Village for an hour-long visit last week. Mr Key visited the complex in Matarangi Road last Wednesday on an invitation from Botany MP Jami- Lee Ross, who also attended the event. They were hosted by Charles Brown, chairman of the village’s resi- dent’s association, and village man- ager Lancia Hicks. Mr Key warmed up his audience of more than 100 village residents and staff with some humour before delv- ing into topics as diverse as his per- sonal life story, health care and the global financial outlook. “If you think back to the 1970s, New Zealand made things and sold about 75 per cent of them to Eng- land,” Mr Key said. “It’s now four per cent, and China has recently gone past Australia as New Zealand’s largest market for exports. “Europe has huge debt and an inflexible labour market and working environment. It’s not going to reform and get better anytime soon.” The Prime Minister also provided insight into opportunities created by Asia’s economic growth. “About 200,000 Chinese came to New Zealand last year for a holiday,” he said. “That country has 1.3 billion peo- ple and they are getting wealthier, so there are massive and dynamic changes happening. “If you look at a country such as Indonesia, it has about 250 million people and is a $1 trillion economy. “By 2030, it will have the sixth largest economy in the world and its people will buy more beef and milk from New Zealand.” Mr Key said the Government’s job is to ensure Kiwis are employed and the Crown’s books are in order. “The Government is spending more money on health, education and science. “Everybody thinks of health care in terms of their own family and per- sonal circumstances. VIP GUESTS: Above, Prime Minister John Key, second from left, spoke to residents and staff at the Dannemora Gardens Retirement Village last Wednesday on an invitation from Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross, second from right. They were welcomed to the village by Charles Brown, chairman of its resident’s association, left, and village manager Lancia Hicks. Below, more than 100 of the retirement village’s residents and staff heard the Prime Minister’s take on a wide range of subjects. Times photos Wayne Martin PM shares with seniors T ➤ urntoPage3 Mother’s Day A loving mother deserves praise every day of the year, but in May a special day is set aside to tell her in more tangible ways how much she is loved and appreciated. To help you find the perfect solution to showing you care on Sunday, May 12, check out the Mother’s Day gift ideas inside.
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