George FM has launched a competition to find the best DJ remix of COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins' "spread their legs" gaffe made during Sunday's press conference.
Hipkins' amusing slip-up saw him discuss the struggles Kiwis were facing while trying to stay safe and still "get outside and spread their legs" in high-density areas during COVID-19 Alert Level 4, presumably having meant to say "stretch their legs".
The blunder was not lost on the Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield, who couldn't contain a smirk, performing an eyebrow raise in Hipkins' direction.
Now dance music station George FM has put the call out for all electronic music producers to come forward and put their best spin on the phrase, which quickly went viral on social media.
The radio station has uploaded the audio of Hipkins' unintentional innuendo on their website, encouraging people to download it, remix it, and send it in, promising to play the winning track on George FM's breakfast show with Lee and Tammy.
"I'm so pleased this is making all of NZ get their sense of humour back - awesome. Looking forward to the remix!" one fan commented on the station's Facebook page.
"Had to be done," said another.
It's not the first time a DJ has made use of Government messaging around the Coronavirus pandemic. In May last year, when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern laid out the framework for COVID-19 Alert Level 2 by explaining that patrons of restaurants, cinemas and events would be "spaced out" to ensure social distancing, music producer Ayden Harris remixed her words for George FM.
In the summer of 2020/2021, music festivals across Aotearoa played out the Unstoppable Summer Covid-19 PSA fronted by Ashley Bloomfield, featuring beats by producer Macsen.