Jacinda Ardern social distancing, mob of fans on the campaign trail.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has landed herself in hot water after she abandoned social distancing to take a selfie with a mob of fans on the campaign trail.

Ms Ardern was at Massey University in Palmerston North last week as she campaigns as Labour leader for the upcoming election.

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New Zealanders will be heading to the polls on October 17 this year, after an outbreak of coronavirus in the country led to the government delaying the election by just under a month.

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The selfie included at least 17 people including Ms Ardern, none of whom were wearing masks.

Under current restrictions, New Zealanders are supposed to keep two metres distance to stop the spread of COVID-19. But Ms Ardern was mobbed by supporters while leaving the university, and after reportedly asking for space, she acquiesced and took the selfie with the group.

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Ms Ardern has now apologised for the selfie, saying “it was the wrong thing”. Appearing on NZ political program The AM Show, Ms Ardern said, “I shouldn’t have done it.”


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