- Jacinda Ardern’s comment about ACT Party Leader David Seymour was picked up by a hot mic.
- The Prime Minister of New Zealand later apologized.
- Seymour said the comment was “not the end of the world”.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has apologized for calling a minor opposition party leader an “arrogant pr-k”.
Ms Ardern made the comments while being questioned by ACT Liberal Party leader David Seymour in New Zealand’s parliament on Tuesday.
“Can the Prime Minister give an example of her making a mistake, properly apologizing for it and fixing it?” Ms Seymour said.
Ms Ardern gave the example of the isolation and quarantine program run during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying she “would do things differently if we ever faced each other again”.
He then sat down next to his deputy prime minister Grant Robertson and said: “He’s such an arrogant pr – k.”
But Ms Ardern’s microphone was still live as she made the calm comment, which was drowned out by the speaker of the house.
The comment was even recorded in the Hansard, which is a written record of the proceedings of Parliament.
Seymour told reporters that Ms Arden had texted him and apologized.
“She said, as my mother would say, ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it,'” he told Newshub.
“I agree with the sentiment and everything is fine as far as I’m concerned. I just said, thank you and I hope you have a very good Christmas. It’s not the end of the world after all.”