Thousands of students and pupils from Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty will join rolling strikes from Invercargill in the south to Russell in the north throughout the day to urge elected leaders to take immediate action against climate change.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern would not say whether she supports students' planned school walkout over climate change inaction.
"We are not doing this just because we want to but because we have to in order to protect our right to a future on this planet".
A spokeswoman from Otumoetai College said the school was not going to stop the students going to the strike, but they needed to bring a note from their parents acknowledging their absence. The then-15-year-old skipped school for three weeks and sat outside the country's Parliament building with a sign demanding radical action from government on climate change.
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The activist, who was named one of TIME's Most Influential Teens of 2018, has inspired hundreds of thousands of students at schools around the world to hold strikes in an effort to urge their leaders to act.
She soon gained a large following on social media for her work, and the movement she started spread to other countries across Europe and around the world.
The politicians also noted that "We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees".
This year's Nobel Peace Prize has 304 candidates, of which 219 are individuals and 85 organisations, the Norwegian Nobel Committee reported last month.
"(I am) honoured and very grateful for this nomination", said Thunberg on Twitter.
Her successful campaigning has resulted in her giving lectures at the UN Climate Talks and World Economic Forum.