NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Talks Mansplaining And 'Brutal' Australian Politics

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern exudes great diplomacy, as she chats with The Project.

What you need to know
  • Jacinda Ardern sat down with The Project's Hamish MacDonald.
  • When asked about mansplaining it was a good result for New Zealand.
  • But Australia only received a diplomatic 'no comment'

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern opted for diplomacy when asked about mansplaining in a recent interview, potentially sparing the blushes of her friends from over the ditch.

The Project's Hamish MacDonald sat down with Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford in a wide-ranging interview spanning her meteoric rise in politics to starting a family at 37.

Ardern is New Zealand's third female leader, a novelty the prime minister believes has "well and truly worn off."

On Monday's program, Ardern laughed off questions about whether she still faces 'mansplaining'.

"Not as often, and not really in New Zealand," Arden said.

But when asked about Australia, the answer wasn't as positive. In fact, there wasn't really an answer at all.

"I couldn't possibly comment," she replied.

Oh dear.

Ardern is only the second global leader to be pregnant during a term in office, and the media interest has been immense.

And why has the media interest been so immense?

"She's a 37-year-old unmarried woman that I accidentally got pregnant," Gayford said.

Ardern is due to give birth to her first child in a month's time. Image: Getty Images

He and Ardern have fielded questions over who will care for the child to when the child was conceived (not Australia's finest moment).

Fishing TV show presenter Gayford admitting his job isn't quite as important as his partner's.

But it is in the political field where Ardern is making the biggest impact, as she aims to change the tone of politics in New Zealand.

"I can't change the way other politicians respond to me, everyone does politics their own way, but I can control what I do," she said.

And her thoughts on on Australian politics?

"Brutal" she said.

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