Jacinda Ardern addresses wedding plans as COVID-19 gathering limits increase

  • 28/03/2022

The Prime Minister has confirmed she still plans to marry television personality Clarke Gayford, but no exact date has been set despite gathering limits increasing over the weekend.

In recognition of high vaccination rates and that case numbers are expected to soon start declining from their peak, the Government is now allowing 200 people to gather indoors (up from 100) and has removed limits on outdoor gatherings. 

The restrictions were first imposed when New Zealand moved to the 'red' traffic light setting in January when multiple cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant were detected in the community. 

It came just before Ardern was meant to marry Gayford near Gisborne meaning their wedding had to be postponed

With the restrictions now being relaxed, AM host Ryan Bridge asked the Prime Minister on Monday: "Is the wedding back on?"

"It's happening sometime," Ardern said on Monday. "We haven't set an exact date but that is actually, more than anything, just down to us getting ourselves organised. 

"There is quite a bit going on in the country at the moment. Wedding planning isn't at the top of my list. I can confirm we are absolutely still getting married."

Ardern ended up going into self-isolation at the end of January anyway after coming into contact with a positive COVID-19 case.