Judith Collins met today with a younger demographic by visiting the Gisborne daycare centre BestStart Lytton, where she was warmly welcomed by the children.
During the visit, the National leader fist-bumped one of the children, spoke about the importance of milk and told 1 NEWS reporter Benedict Collins she would not be climbing on the play equipment.
She was in Gisborne to announce the party's agriculture policy.
Collins said farmers already "have enough on their plate with weather, interest rates and international markets", so she promised to reduce "regulatory burden and give farmers confidence for the future".
"Our pledge is to ensure that our agricultural policy focuses on allowing farmers the opportunity to farm their way to better outcomes, rather than being regulated into oblivion," she said.
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern said it would "take New Zealand back decades".
She said National previously was in consensus about climate change "and it is hugely disappointing to see that change in position from them".
Ardern referred to it as a "backward-looking National Party policy".