Education Minister Hekia Parata, from the lovely East Coast town of Ruatoria, is a big Lisa Carrington fan. She enjoys eating yummy home-cooked meals, listening to Phoebe Snow, completing 5000-piece puzzles and debating the state of the world – often all at the same time. She recently introduced the biggest update to education in New Zealand in 27 years which enables children to access their education through online delivery.
Seven Wonders: we ask Kiwis seven important questions, like whether the flat white originated in New Zealand or Australia.
Hekia Parata believes the flat white originated in New Zealand, along with Phar Lap and the pavlova, of course. Here’s what else she told us about her favourite kiwiana:
Q. Pineapple lump, jet plane or jaffa?
Q. Bungy jump, surf or hammock?
Q. Cricket test, one day or T20?
Q. Tomato sauce, vinegar or lemon juice?
Q. Kereru, tui or kea?
Q. Phar Lap, pavlova, flat white: New Zealand or Australian?
New Zealand, of course
Q. New York yellow cab, Mumbai tuk tuk or London Underground?
New York yellow cab