'Young, honest and pregnant': Aussie media fawns over Ardern

Australian media is fawning over Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, with a segment of 60 Minutes dedicated to a profile of the leader.

The piece describes Ms Ardern as "Young, honest and pregnant". 

Illustrated with a montage of Ms Ardern announcing her pregnancy, walking barefoot on grass and serving up a barbecue at Waitangi, it says "the world's never seen a leader quite like her".

The Australian TV crew flew over to New Zealand, gaining good access to the Prime Minister and going on a fishing trip with Ms Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford. 

In the promo for the piece, presenter Charles Wooley tells Mr Gayford, "Jacinda - what a great catch."

In an interview with Ms Ardern, Mr Wooley asks, "How did a nice person like you get involved in the sordid world of politics?"

"Nice people go into politics," Ms Ardern responds.

The Prime Minister's office says Ms Ardern hasn't yet watched the segment, but will tonight. 

Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford on 60 Minutes.
Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford on 60 Minutes. Photo credit: 60 Minutes

The story on 60 Minutes follows an article and stylised photograph published in Vogue, in which Ms Ardern is described as "the anti- Trump" - "young, forward-looking and unabashedly liberal."

The piece will air on Sunday.