First family for Prestons subdivision
Shoppers in central Christchurch gave Prime Minister John Key a rock star-like welcome when he visited the Palms Shopping Centre today.
Key, who was in town to launch the National's Party's Christchurch East by-election campaign with its candidate, Matthew Doocey, was mobbed by shoppers as the pair walked through the mall.
Key posed for dozens of photographs and even filmed an impromptu video on an iPhone for the Whanau School Community's student attendance class that is graduating soon.
He mingled with mothers and their children, staff from retailers and barely made it past the first five shops in one wing in 30 minutes such was his popularity.
Earlier, Key drilled the final screws into a billboard featuring Doocey that is on display in Marshlands Rd opposite The Palms.
The pair then inspected the massive Prestons housing development in Christchurch's northeast that will eventually be home for more than 2300 families.
He chatted with Leianne O'Brien, whose family were the first to buy a section in the Ngai Tahu-Foodstuffs joint venture.
Planning for their home is in its final stages, and the family hope to be in their new house before next winter.
Key also met 87-year-old Cliff Mitten, who was on hand to watch the first day of construction of his new home on the Prestons site.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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