Live TV comes to Methven – with the cold

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By Toni Williams

Methven Primary School pupils and the community got a tasty breakfast treat last week televised to the nation with TVNZ’s Breakfast crew.

The visit was part of the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund programme, focused on dairy communities where Fonterra staff, suppliers and their families lived and worked.

The dairy giant put on a free breakfast including bacon, sausages and cereal to be enjoyed by the Methven community. As a bonus, it was televised on TVNZ’s Breakfast show; weather host Matty McLean was on site on one of the township’s coldest mornings.

He struggled with the two degree temperature at 6am (luckily for him, the weather hit sub-zero temperatures in the days following the broadcast).

During McLean’s live segments, some of the Fonterra fund recipients from Mid Canterbury were showcased. He also was involved in an entertaining scooter race around the school’s track.

Fund recipients were Methven Primary School, which received high-vis vests for the pupils, Methven Volunteer Fire Brigade, which got funding towards its goal to replace smoke alarms in every house within the township, and the Salvation Army to help equip its catering caravan, used to serve personnel like the fire brigade, during emergencies in the community.

Methven Primary School acting principal Keryn Hooker said it was an exciting event to host at the school and a great chance for the students to see “live” TV in action.

“The students were very excited and pretty happy to get a hot breakfast provided after a long morning in very cold temperatures.

She believed seeing teacher Miss Laing take on the television host in the scooter race was probably a highlight event for the children.

“We greatly appreciated having hi-vis vests donated to our school for each of our bus students. We were really happy to be able to provide these, via the Fonterra Grassroots funding.

“Mornings are very dark at the moment and we have students getting on buses at around 7.30am.

“We want them to be safe,” she said.

Funding applications for the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund can be made via their website www.Fonterra.com