Jacinda Ardern and Phil Goff discussed 'welcome home' for Black Caps

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has discussed with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff holding a "welcome home" for the Black Caps when they arrive back in New Zealand after their loss to England. 

The Prime Minister said the Black Caps match against England was "remarkable".

"I did give Phil [Goff] a call quit early this morning – we've had a bit of a chat," Ardern said on Monday, when asked if any discussions had taken place about a "welcome home" for the team.

"One of the key things for both of us was just really getting a sense of what the Black Caps would like. Of course, they've been away for some time, and just whether or not they'll all be in one place when they arrive.

"Few conversations to be had, but there's been some phone calls already."

When asked if she had always watched cricket, Ardern said she had been reminiscing with her father about how she would watch matches with him and her grandfather.

"Over the years [I've] tried to catch games when I can. But today was certainly - of all the ones I've seen - remarkable."

After a tied game, England were crowned world champions by virtue of having scored more boundary fours and sixes - 26 to New Zealand's 17 - in the entire match.

Ardern was asked about the deciding factor and whether it was fair.

"I don't want to dwell on that too much," she laughed. "I'm sure that's why I think probably there will be a lot of commentary about this game for a long time to come.

"But, it won't change how proud I feel for that team."

The Prime Minister's message to the Black Caps: "They have my huge admiration, and I'm sure I'm not the only Kiwi to feel that way.

"I think they'll be getting a hero's welcome."