Jacinda Ardern says COVID-19 pandemic, housing crisis delaying wedding plans with Clarke Gayford

Jacinda Ardern says her wedding plans with fiancé Clarke Gayford aren't progressing well as the couple has struggled to find time to get organised.  

The AM Show's Duncan Garner asked Ardern how ironing out the details of the impending nuptials was coming along, to which the Prime Minister replied "not well". 

"I've spent more time on housing plans than wedding plans," she said. 

Ardern said this Easter weekend would mark two years since Gayford proposed to her at the top of Mokotahi Hill in Mahia. 

"So about time!" she said. 

"We will get there. A lot has been going on. It's fair to say the pandemic really got in the way of not just our plans, but a lot of people's plans." 

When Garner replied that the roll out of a nationwide vaccination programme should mean Ardern and Gayford could get wedding plans back on track, the Prime Minister replied: "I didn't mean so much the event itself, I mean personally managing the pandemic." 

"It was quite a big job for you," Garner's co-host Amanda Gillies agreed. 

Earlier this month, Ardern teased a possible location for her wedding while giving a press conference at Hawke's Bay, where she was asked if the region would be suitable for the big day. 

"There's a lot of pressure to make it local, and why wouldn't I?" Ardern replied.

"It's a beautiful part of the country." 

Ardern's interview on The AM Show on Monday morning comes days after Gayford's DJ set at Splore Festival over the weekend. 

Ardern and Gayford are parents to two-year-old Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford.