Palmerston North student spits in front of David Seymour during school visit

ACT leader David Seymour received a less than welcoming reception at a Palmerston North school he visited today - with one student spitting at his feet after performing a haka in protest.

Seymour, the Associate Education Minister, was at Freyberg High School on Thursday to talk to some of the school leaders about truancy.

As Seymour was leaving, students performed an impromptu haka and a group waved tino rangatiratanga flags.

Footage sent to Newshub shows a student spitting at Seymour's feet as he stood and watched the haka.

Seymour said in a statement after the meeting with school leaders about the "impressive work they’re doing around attendance was really valuable".

"Some of the students got over-excited as I left, perhaps seeing a politician they recognised and egging each other on, but I thought their Haka was actually good," Seymour said.

"I've spoken to the principal and am happy to come back and visit the school again. This time I was only scheduled to meet with staff, but I'd welcome the opportunity to meet the students properly next time and the principal says they’re very open to that."

Watch the video above.