Jacinda Ardern talks milk and selfies in new interview

Jacinda Ardern.
Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Newshub.

Jacinda Ardern has discussed the challenges of buying milk and getting selfies in a new interview.

Ms Ardern spoke at length to The Guardian about her new life as New Zealand's third female Prime Minister.

The six-months-pregnant  Prime Minister revealed the more light-hearted challenges she's faced in the role.

"Even going out to get milk becomes a little bit challenging, just because there is a whole entourage that then travels with me for this simple thing. So I tend to try and find ways not to inconvenience a whole raft of other people, so it changes my mindset a little bit."

One of her more unusual experiences has been getting stopped in the middle of the lingerie section by an older man who wanted a selfie.

"But I don't let that get in the way of me trying to do normal things, because that is when I get to interact with people as well. Preferably not amongst the underwear though."

She also discussed her recent encounter with former US President Barack Obama, a meeting that gave her a chance to seek advice on how to juggle leadership with family life.

"I did ask him [Barack Obama] how he dealt with guilt," Ardern told the paper.

"He just talked about the things you can do. Just to do your best, and that there will always be elements of that [guilt] in the roles that we do, and probably to a certain degree just accepting that; but we are still doing our best."


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