Jacinda Ardern’s Daughter Interrupts Livestream With Bedtime Antics

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It’s not easy juggling career and motherhood, even for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was heckled by her daughter during a livestream.

The prime minister’s three-year-old daughter Neve was up past her bedtime, in defiance of her mother still working late at night updating Kiwi's on changes to the country’s Covid response. 

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Interrupted while discussing a new Covid-framework for businesses, the PM got distracted off camera, by a cheeky monkey asking; “Mummy?”. 

“You’re meant to be in bed,” Ms Ardern replied to Neve, “It’s bedtime darling – pop back to bed and I’ll come and see you in a second.”

Breaking down the fourth wall (theatrically speaking), the prime minister made light of the situation, normalising any parents’ night-time antics with their children.

“Sorry everybody. That was a bedtime fail, wasn’t it?”

- PM Jacinda Ardern

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The livestream ended soon after Neve made a final attempt to grab her mother's attention away from the nation.

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