New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has flown into Tauranga today and made one of his first stops the local Banksy collection.

Mr English arrived at Tauranga Airport this morning before visiting an early childhood care center and the Tauranga Art Galley, where part of the Paradox Street Art Festival is being featured.

Mr English is in Tauranga for most of the day.

Prime Minister Bill English checks out a Soffles installation in the Paradox Street Art Festival at Tauranga Art Gallery. Photo/George Novak
Prime Minister Bill English checks out a Soffles installation in the Paradox Street Art Festival at Tauranga Art Gallery. Photo/George Novak