Amanda Gillies, Mark Richardson tangle over whether Jacinda Ardern has put New Zealand on map

  • 28/09/2018

Jacinda Ardern has split The AM Show, with hosts divided over whether she deserves praise for gaining New Zealand positive international attention.

Amanda Gillies said the Prime Minister has "played it very well" and she's "put us on the map".

"I think she's been a star. She's been charismatic, she's been charming, she's had audiences on those big TV shows," she says.

"She was funny, they laughed when they were supposed to laugh. I think she's done a great job."

But Mark Richardson said this was the "kool-aid" speaking and Ms Ardern would have been "an idiot to cock this one up".

"The Prime Minister going to the talk-fest at the UN and doing what many, many other PMs have done before," he told Gillies. "We are already on the map!"

After a survey of the public's views showed he was in the minority, Richardson was left unimpressed.

"There probably should be another category in the poll that says Mark Richardson could have done just as good a job," he said.