Watch: Dunedin students turn out to see Jacinda Ardern with poster of her as Ziggy Stardust and Star Wars' Princess Leia

Jacinda Ardern poked fun at her "stardust" label given by National Party leader Bill English, after a massive poster of her portraying Ziggy Stardust was held up during a speech at Otago University. 

Mr English took aim at Ms Ardern last week during the Stuff Leaders Debate saying,"Now the stardust has settled you're starting to see the policy". 

Ms Ardern was at Otago University today speaking to students, when she addressed the large pink picture. 

"This is so heart warming to see all of you here, and to be greeted by the amazing Sam, with his Ziggy Stardust."

"I think that's what Bill English meant when he said stardust, right?"

The poster flipped, showing the other side of Ms Ardern again portrayed, but this time as Princess Leia with 'A new hope' written underneath. 

Meanwhile, Mr English announced $72 million promise to fund the building of Melling interchange in Wellington, intended to free up traffic in Lower Hutt. 

The Labour leader poked fun at her "stardust" label while speaking to a crowd at Otago University. Source: 1 NEWS

Watch: 18-year-old voters respond to parties' sales pitches during TVNZ Young Voters Debate

Education, housing and climate change are just some of the issues important to young voters this election.

Education, housing and climate change are just some of the issues important to young voters this election. Source: Breakfast


Watch: Jacinda Ardern announces target to integrate Te Reo Maori from early childhood to intermediate

Labour have announced plans to support the integration of Te Reo Maori into early childhood education, primary and intermediate schools by 2025. 

Labour's deputy leader and Māori development spokesperson Kelvin Davis said the school teachers would be provided with an opportunity to take lessons in Te Reo Maori, to "allow them to strengthen their understanding of Te Reo Māori to a position where they can integrate the language confidently into their teaching". 

The target also comes with a promise to double the number of dedicated scholarships to boost Te Reo Maori teachers in secondary schools, so that if students choose to continue learning in secondary school there is enough teaching supply. 

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Source: 1 NEWS

"The survival and future of Te Reo Māori as a thriving language is a core value for Labour because we believe it's a unique taonga for all New Zealanders," Mr Davis said in a statement.

"Te Reo Māori is fundamental to our national identity and provides an important gateway to better understanding the rich history and culture of Aotearoa."

The ACT MP bit back, calling it a "political project". Source: 1 NEWS

Marama Fox of the Maori Party and ACT's David Seymour exchanged frank views on Te Reo in schools. Source: 1 NEWS

The topic of compulsory Te Reo Maori in schools has been a hot topic this election, with the Maori Party and Greens fiercely in favour of the move. 

It comes with a promise to double te reo scholarships for secondary schools. Source: 1 NEWS