'Look at moiye, Jacinda!' - Kath & Kim star Magda Szubanski meets NZ Prime Minister at Power of Inclusion summit

A video of Jacinda Ardern and Magda Szubanski looking at each other as the Kath & Kim star delivers the show's iconic line has been posted online.

The pair were both featured speakers on Thursday at the Power of Inclusion Summit, an Auckland event addressing representation and inclusion in the television and film industries.

"Look at moiye with @jacindaardern lookin' at moiye!" Szubanski captioned her Instagram video.

"She is every bit as lovely and down to earth and real as you could ever hope. Bloody superb human being."

Ardern looks chuffed in the video, saying: "I'm so glad you did the line!"

Comments on the Instagram post share the pair's delight.

"Love this. Isn't she just lovely Magda?" said Australian broadcaster Lisa Wilkinson. 

"And whip bloody smart, and engaged, and thoughtful, and real! Biggest thrill this year was interviewing her."

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking at The Power of Inclusion summit in Auckland on October 3, 2019.
Jacinda Ardern speaking at The Power of Inclusion. Photo credit: supplied/The New Zealand Film Commissio

In her keynote speech opening the summit, Prime Minister Ardern - who is also the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage - said gains were "slowly but surely" being made for female filmmakers in Aotearoa.

She also acknowledged the importance of Māori storytelling.

"We all know that inclusivity stems well beyond issues of gender. In order to have a truly inclusive industry, we must also support and cultivate voices and communities with stories that have not been traditionally told as often as frankly they should," she said.

"These stories not only seek to challenge and affect a major part of who we are as a people, they are also what makes us unique on the world-stage... It's time to take stock of how far we've come and to chart the course of future action."

During her speech, Szubanski paid tribute to Ardern's response to the Christchurch terror attack.

"New Zealand is in this incredible place at the moment, because of the leadership Jacinda Ardern has shown in one of your darkest hours," Szubanski said.

"That's when you find out who you really are."

She also encouraged the audience to drop assumptions about other people and find allies. 

"The importance of laying down your arms, of not being so defensive that you find enemies where there are potential friends - that is something we all have to work on."

The Power of Inclusion features over 60 international and local speakers, including the likes of Thelma & Louise star Geena Davis, Whale Rider filmmaker Niki Caro, actress and activist Yara Shahidi and POSE writer/director Steven Canals.

More information is available on the official website.

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