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1972 Sep 14 Th
Margaret Thatcher

Press Conference leaving New Zealand

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Document kind: Press Conference
Venue: Auckland, New Zealand
Source: Auckland Star , 15 September 1972
Journalist: -
Editorial comments: 0900-0930 (itinerary). (All times local.) MT visited New Zealand, touring educational and scientific institutions, between 6 and 14 September. She flew home early in the morning of 15 September.
Importance ranking: Minor
Word count: 168
Themes: Secondary education

In a hurry

Margaret Thatcher, Britain's Minister of Education, a woman seemingly always in a hurry, crammed in visits to several secondary schools between her arrival here at lunchtime yesterday and a farewell dinner at the Inter-Continental given by British High Commissioner Sir Arthur Galsworthy.

Then she flew direct to London this morning (via Sydney and Hong Kong) because she had to be there at the weekend to open up the house.

Her husband is due home from Canada and her 19-year-old twins (boy and girl) from South Africa and Europe.

A grocer's daughter (proud of her working class background) who married a rich Conservative, Margaret Thatcher, apart from the odd mistake, is regarded as a good politician. ā€œIā€™m trying to give people of very modest means their freedom so they can go to the best schools,ā€ she says.

In Auckland she wanted to see our English-language education methods for Polynesians. Britain has similar problems with Asian immigrants.