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PM adds to Wairarapa agenda

Carterton mum Lucy Adlam, with her daughter Ruby, 5 months, and Roseneath Lifecare resident Barbara. PHOTO/SARAH MACDONALD

The Prime Minister has added another event to her programme when she visits the region this week.

Jacinda Ardern will attend the Wairarapa Intergenerational Playgroup tomorrow, but it has not been confirmed if her daughter, Neve, will join her.

It was announced earlier this month that Ardern would visit Wairarapa as her first regional trip after returning from maternity on August 8.

Ardern will also attend an invitation-only ribbon-cutting at Breadcraft and a Digital Seniors “high tea” at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park.

Wairarapa Intergenerational Playgroup founder Lucy Adlam said she was still processing the news that Ardern would be visiting the playgroup.

The playgroup includes a group of mothers and their babies bringing joy to Wairarapa rest homes to help combat loneliness.

Adlam said she initially wanted to reach out to Ardern, as well as her partner Clarke Gayford and baby Neve if they were also coming to the region.

Adlam admitted she thought Ardern would be “way out of reach” considering her busy schedule for the day.

“I think to me, having the Prime Minister come, it just shows how amazing this country is to get behind community initiatives and empower people in the community.

“It means a huge amount,” Adlam said.

The playgroup session on Thursday will run as normal, she said.

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