PM 'not offended' by 60 Mins interview: 'Perhaps because I'm from Morrinsville'

Marsha Scott
March 1, 2018

While the US ultimately failed to put its first female president in place, over in New Zealand, the country's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has been guiding the country since last October, following it up by announcing her pregnancy in January.

Charles Wooley asked Ardern, who is now pregnant, about the conception of the child, as well as calling the politician attractive and describing her as the "catch of the day".

The Government was also looking at an early ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons - which was signed by 56 countries last July, Ms Ardern said. "It's interesting how much people have been counting back to the conception, as it were", he said.

Ardern told Wooley that the baby was conceived when the "election was over", but declined to give additional details.

In a question and answer session after the speech the prime minister said the biggest threat facing New Zealand was a breakdown in this rules based order.

During the 13-minute segment featured in the Australian news magazine "60 Minutes" on Sunday evening, Charles Wooley said that he had "met a lot of prime ministers in my time, but none so young, not too many so smart, and never one so attractive".

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The interview was often more interested in Ardern's personal life rather than her leadership or politics, which in the view of some people was "sexist" and "gross".

"She has decided you shouldn't make it punitive for kids to go to university... she has cancelled college and tertiary education fees", he said.

Wooley was also slammed as "a creepy sexist fossilised fool from 1950s Australia" on social media and one user commented "what a sexist and pathetic and distinctly uncomfortable piece of "journalism". But it was a quip about the kid's exact date of conception that got both Ardern and Gayford's brows wrinkled.

Joking that "perhaps because I'm from Morrinsville" Arden said she had not felt offended during the interview and that nothing in particular about it had stood out to her at the time of filming. "I think you got to be so careful with newspeak and thought crime and everything else, we suffer the same thing in Australia". I just loved being with them.

Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford on 60 minutes.

"If the interview has no warmth, neither has the story", Mr Wooley wrote.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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