Nasty gasses from cow burps and farts are bad for the planet, but if you take small steps in the right direction you can help manage climate change.

That is the gist of message contained in a video starring 20 primary school students from Makauri School Gisborne - and so stellar was their performance that the "boss of New Zealand" John Key had to sit up and take notice.

This week, the Year 2 pupils arrived at school to a message thanking them for doing a great job to spread awareness about climate change from the Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change Paula Bennett.

Minister for Climate Change Paula Bennett and Prime Minister John Key. Photo / Video snapshot
Minister for Climate Change Paula Bennett and Prime Minister John Key. Photo / Video snapshot

The six-year-olds know Mr Key is an important person and some of them remembered having seen him on television, said their teacher Caroline McGuinness.

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"One parent commented their daughter said that Room 5 had heard back from the 'boss of New Zealand', I think it is a bigger deal for the parents and teachers. I was completely shocked it went that far," she said.

The children helped write the script and put together ideas of how they would talk about the issues surrounding climate change and what people could do to save the planet.

"They thought the comments on cow burps and farts would add humour," added Miss McGuinness.