Jacinda Ardern joins #RaiseAGlassNZ movement, honours COVID-19 essential workers

The Prime Minister of Aotearoa has joined in the #RaiseAGlassNZ movement, honouring the essential workers of the nation's COVID-19 alert level 4 lockdown.

Jacinda Ardern opted for a non-alcoholic beverage for her addition to the campaign, which was launched by Magic Talk Drive Host Ryan Bridge last week.

"Hi everyone, Jacinda Ardern here. I'm raising a mug to all our essential service workers - the ones you see and the ones you don't. On behalf of New Zealand, thank you," says Ardern in the clip.

"Stay safe everyone."

The video was broadcast on The Project NZ on Thursday, the same day Ardern had paid tribute to Kiwis who have done their part during the lockdown by staying at home.

"You are breaking the chain of transmission and you did it for each other," she said at a media briefing with Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.

"You have saved lives."

The #RaiseAGlassNZ campaign asks New Zealanders to "raise a glass and make some noise to celebrate our essential workers, the unsung heroes in our community helping us successfully navigate our way through COVID-19." 

In a #RaiseAGlassNZ video published last week, leader of the opposition Simon Bridges raised a tumbler of whiskey.

Kanoa Lloyd, Shavaughn Ruakere, Petra Bagust, Sir Graham Lowe, Dai Henwood, Peter Urlich, The Edge and Mai FM radio hosts and ACT Party politician David Seymour also featured in last week's video.

Members of the public are encouraged to show their support by also raising a glass at 5:10pm on Friday and sharing photos on social media with the hashtag #RaiseAGlassNZ.