Jacinda Ardern reveals Christmas message after 'tough year' for New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern has revealed her Christmas message after a "pretty tough year" for New Zealand.

The country was hit by a series of disasters in 2019, including the Christchurch terrorist attacks and the White Island volcanic eruption.

"I have one wish for you this year. I hope that all of you, bar watching this message now, are then putting down your devices, stepping away from social media and spending some quality time with family and friends," the Prime Minister said in a video posted to Labour's Twitter account.

"And as we go into what will be a big 2020, an election-year 2020, I hope that everyone finds a little bit of peace as they go into the next year after a pretty tough year for New Zealand.

"I know for me, I'm going to be focused on just continuing the work we've done this year, to keep going and keep making progress on some of those big challenges."

Ardern then finished off with warm wishes for the holiday season and year ahead.

"Until then though, Meri Kirihimete, Merry Christmas and happy new year to you all."

Watch the video.