Children from Five Forks school yesterday outed
Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae as a fan of 1960s folk
group Peter, Paul and Mary, after Sir Jerry could not resist
singing along to their rendition of Leaving on a Jet
Plane at the opening of the North Otago A&P Show.
Sir Jerry, who officially opened the 150th North Otago
A&P show, was treated to three songs performed in his
honour by all 38 pupils from the rural school, and principal
Cate Bole said the children had been ''quite excited'' to
perform for the Governor-General.
Mrs Bole said the pupils, who sang and played the ukulele,
had been learning to play for only a year.
Sir Jerry said he had ''especially enjoyed'' their rendition
of Leaving on a Jet Plane.
He said it was the first time he had attended an A&P Show
as Governor-General, and added that he was ''really pleased''
that his first show was in North Otago.
''Most New Zealanders have a connection to the rural sector
and it's shows like this one that showcase what New Zealand
is all about.''