New Zealand’s prime minister says she was not offended by an Australian TV interview in which she and her partner were quizzed about when their baby was conceived.
Jacinda Ardern said she had not seen the 60 Minutes segment yet, but was not concerned by any of the questions asked by Channel Nine’s Charles Wooley.
“It’s one I think put under the heading of too much information,” Ms Ardern told Radio New Zealand.
You’re assuming I haven’t been asked by New Zealand media that question before as well.”
Ms Ardern announced on Twitter last month that she would “be PM and a mum” while her partner Clarke Gayford would be “first man of fishing and stay-at-home dad”.
The Labor leader took on the country’s top job in October after her party struck a coalition deal with the New Zealand First party.
Mr Wooley’s interview largely explored Ms Ardern’s popularity, dubbed ‘Jacindamania’, but some viewers expressed dismay when he questioned the Prime Minister about her pregnancy.
“There is one really important political question I want to ask you and that is, what exactly is the date the baby’s due?” Mr Wooley said.
“It’s interesting how much people have been counting back to the conception, as it were.”
“Why shouldn’t a child be conceived during an election campaign?”
Ms Ardern responded “the election was done” and the baby was due on June 17.
“Not that we need to get into those details,” she said.
We thought 2017 was a big year! This year we’ll join the many parents who wear two hats. I’ll be PM & a mum while Clarke will be “first man of fishing” & stay at home dad. There will be lots of questions (I can assure you we have a plan all ready to go!) but for now bring on 2018 pic.twitter.com/nowAYOhAbF
— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) January 18, 2018
“In interviews with various world leaders including Bob Hawke, Margaret Thatcher and current Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull, 60 Minutes reporters have always asked the tough questions which the public has been wanting to hear, while also showing the human side of these individuals that we rarely get to see,” the statement said.
“Charles Wooley came away from his interview with Jacinda Ardern in awe of her poise, intelligence and everyday charm, which was reflected in the full story.”
Radio New Zealand reported Ms Ardern said she did not find the interview “sexist or insulting”.’
“The interview didn’t particularly stand out for me in a way that made sense when I saw some of the headlines that followed on,” Ms Ardern said.
“I had to look back and remind myself what the questions might have been.
“Maybe it’s just that I’m from Morrinsville. I don’t know. I just wasn’t particularly phased by any of it.”