Jacinda Ardern kicks off campaigning in hometown, but unprepared for questions on key news events

New Labour leader Jacinda Ardern found out campaigning isn't all handshakes and selfies when she visited her hometown of Morrinsville today.

Ms Ardern was seemingly unprepared when reporters asked her questions on some of the key news events of the day.

"I wouldn't mind going away and looking at the details on that," she responded to one question.

When asked about the Reserve Bank's decision not to raise interest rates today, she wasn't able to go into details, simply saying: "That only came out at nine."

The Morrinsville College students were treated to visit from the new Labour Party leader. Source: 1 NEWS

The rest of the campaign stop went a lot smoother as she was welcomed back at her old school Morrinsville College with a powerful haka.

Ms Ardern also visited the local fish and chip shop where she used to work.

Owner Grant Covich remembered her fondly, telling 1 NEWS: "Jacinda was a very vibrant young worker."

The new Labour leader will certainly have learnt a few lessons from her first day on the campaign trail.

It won't be all selfies and handshakes on the campaign trail, however. Source: 1 NEWS