An estimated 450 people turned out to hear Jacinda Ardern deliver a speech to Grey Power Nelson on Wednesday as part of the Labour leader’s whistlestop tour of the city.
Extra seats had to be brought in for the meeting at Annesbrook Church in Stoke, with the crowd by far the biggest of a series of Grey Power meetings with political leaders on the campaign trail in Nelson.
Last month 260 people turned out for the Prime Minister, National leader Bill English, and 220 for NZ First leader Winston Peters.
Unlike the previous two events, the crowd was not all grey heads.
Younger voters greeted Ardern as she entered, and there were families and children standing at the back of the room.
Ardern is scheduled to visit Tahunanui Community Centre and Playgroup/Pre-school on Muritai Street at midday, where she will answer questions from the media.
She then heads to the West Coast, with her first appointment there at the Pike River Memorial at 4:30pm.