Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford head to Sunshine Coast for holiday

Cooling relations between New Zealand and Australia won’t stop our Prime Minister from heading over the ditch for a post-Christmas holiday.

Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford are spending the festive break in Gisborne, but after that are heading to the Sunshine Coast.  

 “We’re taking a bit of time out on the Sunshine Coast,” Ms Ardern told the Herald on Sunday.

That’s despite Australian Deputy Prime Minister telling Ms Ardern to stay away from other another country’s business last week.

Joyce was responding to New Zealand’s offer take refugees from Manus Island.

Ms Ardern is spending time in Gisborne with Mr Gayford’s family, and her family are also heading to the coastal town.

On Saturday Ms Ardern was interviewed by Lisa Owen on The Nation, where Ms Owen, who hails from Gisborne, put the PM’s knowledge of the town to the test with three questions.

She asked the PM where the best place to buy ice cream was, and Ms Ardern replied a little dairy by the beach called Otaku, which was correct.

She failed the question if Santa was flying in from the northeast, which beach would he hit first Makorori or Waikanae? Ms Ardern said Waikanae.

She did guess where Gisborne residents who wanted a cheeky kiss on New Year ’s Eve would stand -  by the clock in the town’s main street.