She wore an apron and he wore a high-vis vest - not a 1950s sitcom, but a day on the campaign trail.

For Labour leader Jacinda Ardern there were no policy announcements but while Bill English was in Christchurch tromping about a kitchen cabinet company in his high-vis vest, Ardern was trying to step up the sainthood dial.

Her only public outing was to feed the children - literally.

Ardern spent the morning with the Feed the Need crew at the Salvation Army kitchen armed with a massive wooden spoon helping cook up some Italian beef stew for school lunches. She then went to Rongomai School in Otara to serve it up to students.

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Jacinda Ardern making school lunches in the Salvation Army kitchens in Mt Wellington. Photo / Jason Oxenham
Jacinda Ardern making school lunches in the Salvation Army kitchens in Mt Wellington. Photo / Jason Oxenham
Bill English helped unveil the foundation stone for a new Sudina Christchurch Victoria Hotel. Photo / Facebook
Bill English helped unveil the foundation stone for a new Sudina Christchurch Victoria Hotel. Photo / Facebook
Bill English was seen campaigning in Christchurch today, after an announcement regarding a $120m pledge towards a new stadium.

Meanwhile in Christchurch after a visit to the joinery factory, English announced an extra $120 million toward the Christchurch Stadium - taking the total to $179 million. He also unveiled a paving stone for the new Sudima Hotel in Christchurch - the first five star hotel since the earthquakes.

Then it was off for a walkabout at Riccarton Mall where he was the subject of some interest from a group of school boys armed with questions and phones for photos.

Yesterday he also donned an apron though while rolling pastry with students at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Wellington.

As for Ardern's food programme, Feed the Need general manager, Laurie Wharemate-Keung said they made 1500 meals a day and fed every student in two schools in South Auckland.

Ardern has made child poverty one of her key targets - and Wharemate-Keung said she would be more than happy to be put out of business by the Government - or at least be better funded.

The children were initially a tad confused about what Ardern's job was. Having been told she had helped cook their meal, their initial questions were all about cooking.

However, one savvy child was not going to waste the chance for a bit of lobbying - telling Ardern the school had no hall and so the students sometimes got wet if it rained.

Jacinda Ardern speaks to children at Rongomai School in Otara. Photo / Jason Oxenham
Jacinda Ardern speaks to children at Rongomai School in Otara. Photo / Jason Oxenham
Bill English rolled pastry with students at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Wellington on the campaign trail yesterday. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Bill English rolled pastry with students at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Wellington on the campaign trail yesterday. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Among the titbits Ardern revealed was that she once wanted to be a police officer like her father, her favourite food was Mexican, she liked the Marvel movies, and her mother fed her meatballs the night before.

As for English, there was one near miss. He was asked by one woman if there would be any new taxes and replied "you'll have to ask the Labour Party".

It was intended as a dig at Labour's announcements about water and fuel taxes as well as a potential capital gains tax - but Labour would probably like to take it as an admission they will be in Government after the election.