Morrinsville College students treated Labour leader and former pupil Jacinda Ardern to a passionate haka at her visit to the secondary school today.
The haka came after Ms Ardern delivered a speech to the students where she remembered her time at the school.
She told a story of when she was on the debating team and they were worried their uniforms weren't smart enough during a semi-final against Auckland's King's College.
"So flash with the blazers now," she said.
"I never expected coming from the small town that I came from that I would be doing the job I'm doing now. You can do absolutely anything with the start you've had here."
She was expected to follow the school visit with a walk down Thames St in Morrinsville.
Ms Ardern will be in Auckland for a visit to the Selwyn Village retirement community in Auckland tomorrow.