Jacinda Ardern jokes about Morrinsville as a potential wedding location

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern cracked wise about an unlikely alternative location for her wedding to Clarke Gayford after giving a speech at the National Emergency Management Agency Conference on Wednesday morning. 

After her address, the event's MC Matal Smith mentioned how happy he was to hear of Ardern's plans to get hitched in her fiance's hometown of Gisborne. 

"Can I just say as a proud Gizzy boy, I may have done a little fist pump when you announced that you and Clarke were coming home to paradise for your big day," Smith told the Prime Minister. 

"It was either that or Morrinsville!" quipped Ardern, who was born in Hamilton and grew up in Morrinsville. 

"No comment!" replied Smith, before thanking Ardern for her time. 

Earlier this month the Prime Minister revealed she and Gayford have chosen Gisborne for their nuptials, which will take place this summer. 

At the time, Ardern said they still hadn't advised their guests of the wedding date, but they'd have to get on to it seeing as "accommodation is slightly limited in Gisborne".

The Labour Party leader also said she'd been considering "forgoing" a bridal party due to her age, as she felt she was "getting on a bit". 

This Easter marked two years since Gayford proposed to Ardern at the top of Mokotahi Hill in Mahia, near the Fish of the Day host's hometown of Gisborne.