Education Minister Chris Hipkins may be used to the rigours of politics, but now he's got a new challenge to handle: a room full of teenagers with opinions.
A Youth Advisory Group - set up by the Labour MP to fulfil a campaign promise to give high school students a voice in the education sector - is set to hold its first meeting in Wellington on Thursday.
Mr Hipkins will be hosting a dozen 14 to 18-year-olds from across the country and letting them decide what issues they want to discuss.
"I expect this diverse group of young people will bring fresh perspectives and valuable insights about education," Mr Hipkins said after launching the programme.
"I want our young people to have a say in the way our education system works."
The teens are expected to spend two days in Wellington, with some of the topics expected to come up including mental health, preparation for careers and student wellbeing.
Their insights will be passed onto the Ministry of Education and the group's tenure is expected to last a year initially.