The possibility of a New Zealand equivalent of a royal wedding in Northern Hawke's Bay seems to have barely dawned on the community where Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern accepted an Easter marriage proposal from partner Clarke Gayford.

The proposal was made on Mahia Peninsula lookout Mokotahi Hill, near where the couple stay occasionally in a holiday home Gayford's parents have had at Mahia for an estimated 40 years or more.

It's also a lookout enhanced by the $150,000 upgrading of a track which for most is an energetic walk of 15-minutes or so.

"They had a helluva walk up the

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