Why Trade Me removed naked Jacinda Ardern horse drawing

A naked drawing of Jacinda Ardern has been removed from Trade Me after it was deemed "inappropriate".

Titled 'Wild Rider', it depicts the Prime Minister riding a horse bareback with both of her breasts exposed.

"Hand drawn by a local New Zealand artist, drawing inspiration from both our Prime Minister's admirable resolve and New Zealand's often wild nature and the taming of this with graceful poise in the act of creating peace and stability out of chaos," the Auckland-based seller said on the auction.

Jacinda Ardern on the horse.
Jacinda Ardern on the horse. Photo credit: desertrose_ / Trade Me

However the artwork was removed by Trade Me's trust and safety team over fears it could lead to a backlash.

"We felt this listing was inappropriate and decided to take it down," a spokeperson told Newshub.

"Our thinking was that a large volume of complaints from our community was inevitable and we decided to preempt that feedback and remove the auction."