Jacinda Ardern’s charming daughter stole the show by staying up past her bedtime to gatecrash her mum’s COVID 19 briefing.
The New Zealand Prime Minister uploaded a Facebook Live video from home to update Kiwis on changes made by the cabinet as the Delta outbreak eases.
Restrictions will be lifted in COVID ravaged Auckland from Wednesday with lockdown measures expected to be phased out within weeks.
Less than three minutes into Jacinda Ardern’s Facebook Live update, three-year-old Neve could be heard calling out, Mummy’.
‘You’re meant to be in bed darling,’ Jacinda Ardern said while turning away to speak to Neve as the camera continues rolling.
‘It’s bedtime darling, pop back to bed, I’ll come and see you in a second. I’ll come and see you in a minute, OK? Nanny will take you down to bed.’
The tot is then taken back to bed by Jacinda Ardern’s mother.
The Prime Minister apologised to viewers and laughed off the interruption as a bedtime fail.
‘Sorry everyone, I thought ‘Here’s a moment, I’ll do a Facebook Live, we’re nice and safe,’ she said.
‘Does anyone else have kids who escape three or four times after bedtime? Thankfully, my mum’s here.’
A few minutes later, Neve returns to interrupt her mum a second time, asking what the hold up was from coming to say goodnight.
‘I’m sorry darling, it is taking so long, okay,’ Jacinda Ardern replied.
She then shifts her attention back to the viewers to wrap up the briefing.
‘I’m sorry everyone, I’m just going to pop Neve back to bed because this is way past her bedtime,’ she said.
Jacinda Ardern hopes to do an extended, uninterrupted version of the Facebook Live chat in the coming days.
New Zealand’s biggest city has been in lockdown for almost three months with about 4500 cases recorded since August.
Jacinda Ardern and her partner of eight years Clarke Gayford welcomed daughter Neve Te Aroha in June 2018.
Jacinda Ardern is only the second elected female leader to have a child while in office and the first since Benazier Bhutto in 1990, and last week Clarke Gayford shared details about their forthcoming wedding.
The couple has remained tight-lipped about the exact date, but previously announced they would marry this summer in Gisbourne on the North Island.
During Jacinda Ardern’s turbulent first term as New Zealand’s Prime Minister, she appeared to maintain a message of kindness, but now it will take more than kindness and charm to get the economy back on its feet and lift tens of thousands of people out of poverty.
The expression “be strong, be kind” became a trademark of Jacinda Ardern’s leadership at the height of the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown, but it’s not kind when people don’t have enough money to buy essentials, such as food for their children, and it’s not kind when parents are having to skip meals so their children can have bigger portions.
Families have been struggling since the start of the lockdown and have lost their jobs and are on job seekers benefits, which doesn’t even cover their rent, and no amount of PR is going to repair the damage that’s been caused to New Zealand and its inhabitants.
Jacinda Ardern appears to have developed her lockdown ideas at home. ‘Get back to your region darling. I’ll think about reviewing your border opening policy in a moment’.
And she doesn’t appear to be that popular in New Zealand, and children that inadvertently interrupt a video call, it’s not cute, it’s badly prepared.