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MPs on the ball at tourney

DANIELLE STREET
Last updated 05:00 08/11/2012
Nikki Kay
DANIELLE STREET
COURT SIDE: Opposing politicians Jacinda Adern, left, and Nikki Kaye will be helping out at the Pompallier Tennis Club’s Ladies Day.

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They may sit on opposing sides of Parliament but Jacinda Adern and Nikki Kaye aren't likely to be on opposing sides of a tennis court anytime soon.

The politicians are lending a helping hand at this month's Bollinger Ladies Day tournament at the Pompallier Tennis Club, a stone's throw away from their neighbouring offices on College Hill.

The tennis tournament will consist of a round robin series of play-offs, with some extra fun events thrown in for good measure.

"We put a bucket at the end of the court and if they can hit a tennis ball into the bucket from the other other end, they win a bottle of Bollinger," club spokeswoman Josie McNaught says. "You have to serve it in, it's quite hard actually."

Ms Adern says attempting the Bollinger bucket "will probably be the only hitting of balls I will do".

The Labour list MP will be there on the day to help out in the kitchen.

Meanwhile National MP Ms Kaye says she will be "giving it a little bit of a bash around".

Both women will be presenting the prizes at the end of the tournament.

Money raised by the event will go towards providing a shade for the sun-trapping deck which adjoins the clubhouse.

The Bollinger Ladies Day will be held on November 16 at the Pompallier Tennis Club in St Marys Bay.

Visit website pompalliertennis.co.nz for more information on how to register for the event.

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