PM’s whistlestop Ashburton tour


Prime Minister John Key enjoyed a relaxed walking tour of central Ashburton on Friday and was happy to stop and chat.
Mr Key started his tour in the new Community House Mid Canterbury building on Cass Street, where he met and spoke with tenants.
Moving from office to office, he shared conversations with anumber of social service providers.
He was even happy to make an impromptu video congratulating the Family Planning service on its 80th birthday.
The Prime Minister enjoyed a walk in the sunshine to the Eastfield site further along Cass Street.
He spoke with Eastfield Investments director Roger Bonifant and acting chair Julie Inwood about future plans for the 10,548m2 site.
Mr Bonifant showed Mr Key detailed plans and drawings for the proposed $40 million development that includes an integrated commercial, residential and retail complex that will extend over a full town block.
On his way to the Tancred Street Arcade, Mr Key was happy to pose for a photo with three concrete workers working on the site of the new Ministry of Social Development building on Tancred Street.
At the end of his tour Mr Key met with representatives and local youth from YMCA Mid Canterbury, Hype health centre and BASE youth centre.
Mr Key enjoyed a game of foosball at BASE and was the first to admit ‘‘he was a bit rusty’’ at the game.
Photo: John Key with Eastfield Investments acting chair Julie Inwood and director Roger Bonifant.bridgemediaKlær Nike