5 Feb 2018

Prime Minister has lunch with Paihia students

9:14 pm on 5 February 2018

The Prime Minister has spent the afternoon tackling questions from students at a special lunchtime picnic.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has lunch at Paihia School.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has lunch at Paihia School. Photo: RNZ / John Boynton

After her speech this morning at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Jacinda Ardern made her way down to Paihia School to meet students.

Northland MP Willow Jean Prime led Ms Ardern and members of the Labour caucus onto the school.

Students welcomed the Prime Minister with a pōwhiri and a boisterous performance of Utaina Mai before heading onto the field for a picnic lunch.

Ms Ardern was flanked by students as they asked her questions about politics, her favourite colour and hobbies.

Lennox Polgrain Takimoana lined up to ask the Prime Minister what she would ask him if he was leading the country.

"It was weird, I got nervous and then I got goose bumps," Lennox said.

Anya Reihana asked the PM a question about Donald Trump.

"I asked her 'do you accept Donald Trump's work?' - her response was it's not really her decision."

Alexi Apiata was another student sharing her lunchtime break with the Prime Minister.

After weeks of rehearsing waiata for a pōwhiri it was a relief to have the chance to perform for her.

"It was pretty exciting when we found out about it at first - we've just been practising and look forward to it."

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