Ardern now admits campaign selfie was ‘a mistake’

Jacinda Ardern had been enjoying her ability to attract enthusiastic supporters while campaigning, but she was held to account for this over the weekend after this photo was published:

The offending selfie.

Stuff: David Seymour criticises Jacinda Ardern’s lack of social distancing in selfie while on the campaign trail

ACT leader David Seymour criticised Ardern on Saturday, and said New Zealanders would be asking whether she was part of the team of five million after she “clearly flouted the rules she has asked us to live by”.

In a statement, Seymour said hospitality businesses were going broke at alert level 2 because of single server and social distancing rules.

“Meanwhile, the person responsible for the rules is breaking them. Small business owners will be incredibly angry.”

I’ve heard from people who generally support Ardern being very disappointed.

Initially Ardern left it to a spokesperson to deal with it.

In response to Seymour’s criticism, a spokesperson for Ardern said the PM asks members of the public to keep appropriate distancing when interacting and getting photos.

“There are a number of handshakes and hugs she unfortunately has to decline and best endeavours are made to keep separated when people ask for photos, but often members of the public will come very close to the prime minister which is difficult to control.”

That’s a poor response. Ardern was actively encouraging the public getting very close, and it should have been easy for her to control.

This came up gain at yesterday’s Covid media conference, and Ardern did respond herself this time.

Stuff: Jacinda Ardern admits close-quarters selfie was a ‘mistake’

Asked about the photo on Monday, Ardern said she acknowledged an error.

“Look, I just need to acknowledge I should have moved further forward and asked them to step away from each other,” she told reporters.

“I work really hard not to shake people’s hands, I sanitise, I wear my mask in Auckland, and I work hard to try and keep my social distance. In that particular photo I did make a mistake. I should have stepped further forward, I should have asked them to step apart from each other”.

“I totally acknowledge that.”

She hasn’t ‘totally acknowledged’ the mistake. She tried to mitigate it by saying how much she did to keep her social distance, but I this isn’t the only time she has worked crowds of fans while campaigning. It’s just the first time media have made a thing of it.

Election 2020: David Seymour criticises Jacinda Ardern's lack of social  distancing in selfie while on the campaign trail | Stuff.co.nz

Ardern at fault for campaign selfie gaffe | 7NEWS.com.au

Ardern at fault for campaign selfie gaffe | 7NEWS.com.au
Kate Hawkesby: Why isn't the PM social distancing? - NZ Herald
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33 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  22nd September 2020

    What a breath of fresh air to hear the P.M fess up.

    Collins and the baby sucking her fingers is just a minor…indescretion.

    Reply
    • She didn’t have much option; the photo and the video was there for all to see. It’s not the first time she’s done this, as anyone who watches the news will know.

      Babies grab and suck things, it’s what they do. It’s hardly an indiscretion.

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  2. John J Harrison

     /  22nd September 2020

    Seymour is right, yet again.
    Ardern has always believed she is above reproach as opposed to the “ great unwashed.”
    Having a spokesperson front the media demonstrates her appalling inability and arrogance to accept that she was wrong.
    When cornered by a pesky journalist she could not bring herself to even acknowledge the “ mistake.”
    The law is for thee but not for me is her attitude.
    Let’s hope she does not contract Covid from one of her fans in Palmerston North !

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    • Duker

       /  22nd September 2020

      Not seen the Seymour pic of him ‘invading the space’ of the seated followers?
      Time to go to specsavers

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    • duperez

       /  22nd September 2020

      “Ardern has always believed she is above reproach as opposed to the “ great unwashed.”

      In your most humble, considered, moderate knowledgeable opinion of course.

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      • Duker

         /  22nd September 2020

        Im sure they crowded around the Sun King too because he was even more above reproach

        The right hates the fact Ardern is genuinely popular …nay adored by many sections of the population.
        Normally such adulation they think should be reserved for the very rich and if not that can smirk well

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      • John J Harrison

         /  22nd September 2020

        Duperez, as with [deleted, don’t label people – PG] you [and don’t state things that you can’t know are true].
        It was Ardern’s dictates regarding imposing levels and social distancing that has destroyed businesses and lives.
        As you can all see from the picture she considers it a huge joke.
        Not so for those who’s livelihoods have been destroyed by her dictates.
        Witness the butcher in AKL who committed suicide because his business was destroyed – one of many ?
        Meanwhile the supermarkets did a roaring trade selling meat while hundreds shopped in the same store.
        Witness too the AKL restaurant put up for sale this week by a distraught owner for $1.
        The owner says that her family has lost everything due to the yo yoing of levels and Ardern’s unpredictability.
        [deleted]
        Ardern’s actions are all based on politics.
        Period !

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        • duperez

           /  22nd September 2020

          No, and you show again the salient point is beyond you. It is your arrogance.

          “Ardern has always believed she is above reproach as opposed to the “ great unwashed.”
          “Ardern’s actions are all based on politics.”

          The detail you post about people having difficult times simply show the depth of your malaise. Because she is not hugging a butcher in Mangere you can’t accuse her of doing a media stunt, and only ‘doing if for politics.’ But you can accuse her of not caring. because she’s not there or talking to him and sending you an email about it and having it right through the media. Or about restaurant owners in dire circumstances.

          The claim about wilfully choosing to ignore stark inequities is simply childish.

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        • Duker

           /  22nd September 2020

          “Witness the butcher in AKL who committed suicide because his business was destroyed – one of many ?”
          [Deleted serious assertion with no evidence – PG] and the Mad Butcher franchise has closed 3 stores in Auckland previous year apart from this guys Pukekohe business.

          The level 4 lockdowns for 4 weeks were supported in parliament by all parties including speeches from Bridges and Seymour…. Bridges tried later to have it both ways which led of course to his own self inflicted leadership failure
          With figures showing over 70% of the public supporting the lockdowns there was no way the usual bleaters cant unscramble the omlette

          Reply
          • The surveys which asked if people (a) approved of the restrictions or (b) would let C19 take its course were so loaded that the answer was obvious. Had there been a third question that asked about a middle ground that meant controlling it without total lockdown, the figures would probably have been different.

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            • Duker

               /  22nd September 2020

              [Deleted whole post – you know the rules about speculating on identities here. – PG]

          • Gerrit

             /  22nd September 2020

            Duker,

            You have a link or some reference that [deleted] is true for the butcher in Tuakua? If not, you are way out of line.

            You cant go and make that sort of unsubstantiated allegation up and think people will believe anything you say.

            Coroners verdict is still 12 months away so who are you to make baseless insinuations.

            Am surprised it got past PG [I didn’t pick that up – PG]

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            • Duker

               /  22nd September 2020

              It didnt want to drag it up again( some people make bold assertions about the lockdown that arent verifiable) , it was certainly covered not long after
              “The Herald understands the Tuakau father was also struggling with other personal issues unrelated to the business.”
              https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12331181
              I cant find it now but understand there was more detail somewhere , maybe a wider family member who spelt it out. He was 38.

            • John J Harrison

               /  22nd September 2020

              Duker, again, a massive fail !
              I am pleased Pete noted your unsubstantiated “ fact.”

            • Gerrit

               /  22nd September 2020

              Duker,

              That is an extremely long bow to go from “personal Issues” to what you insinuated and asserted.

              Just how you can link “personal issues” to the inference you drew, without seeing the coroners report, is immature, stupid and disgraceful.

              Yuk

            • Duker

               /  22nd September 2020

              Wake up guys and think about about what other issues means.
              Like I said I can only go on what a family member said that I read , wouldnt otherwise know.
              The mad Butcher franchise has been failing as well, many stores have closed in the previous year

            • John J Harrison

               /  22nd September 2020

              Duker, I am awake and not one of your “ guys.”
              Your baseless assertion was beneath contempt.
              It had no basis in fact.
              Any small business owner subjected to Ardern’s dictates that results in ruin – as your newspaper article stated, is going to go through hell not knowing how he is going to feed his young family.
              Additionally, trying to tie his failure to 3 unsuccessful Mad Butcher franchises is farcical.
              Why did you not mention the many others thriving?

  3. Duker

     /  22nd September 2020

    Hmmmm
    “In that particular photo I did make a mistake”

    However its described as
    “She hasn’t ‘totally acknowledged’ the mistake”
    Yeah right.
    No similar analysis of Nationals mistake , yet other sites went through ‘9 versions of Judith not totally acknowledging a mistake’
    https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/20-09-2020/the-launch-that-fell-down-a-four-billion-dollar-hole/
    “Then she faced reporters, who ended up asking Collins numerous times about the day’s mistake. Here are each of her answers to questions about the mistake.”

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  4. lurcher1948

     /  22nd September 2020

    Wheres the picture of Seymour and his gun toting supporters…right they dont want to be exposed as they are usually Christian fundamentalist with a love of trump and AR 15s

    Reply
    • These people don’t exist, so there will never be a photo of them.

      You seem to think that we live in the US where fundies carry guns, not NZ where people don’t. I have never encountered fundies in ACT, or people who love Trump and AR15s.

      Your post is a fantasy..

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  5. Duker

     /  22nd September 2020

    Heres David Seymour at the Honest Lawyer Hotel in Nelson, owned by the local ACT candidate ( a former policemen , get the joke )

    No social distancing there yet hes is whining about Ardern …..sheeesh, they arent even ‘crowding around’ as they are seated and Seymour wades in

    WHo knew DS could be such a hypocrite?….1..2…3..

    Reply
    • He is not the PM issuing orders to other people about things that she does herself.

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      • Duker

         /  22nd September 2020

        No hes a hypocrite who raised the issue about social distancing at election meetings , which he doesnt follow himself. Prima Facie hypocrisy
        or arent you saying anymore ‘its not do as I say but do as I do.’

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  6. FarmerPete

     /  22nd September 2020

    Objectively, this is actually worse than Clark’s lockdown infringement for going bike riding!

    Reply
    • That was actually legal at the time, until someone did it, then it wasn’t. It was within the bounds that people could go to for exercise. Was it an excuse to get rid of him ?

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  7. David

     /  22nd September 2020

    Damn the folk on the left are making too big a deal of this, acknowledging the error in an interesting way.
    Duker going a little bit extreme.

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  8. Kimbo

     /  22nd September 2020

    “I totally acknowledge that”.

    Kimbo’s law: the truth of a statement is in inverse proportion to the use of redundant emphatic adverbs.

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    • David

       /  22nd September 2020

      If the left hadn’t of made themselves look ridiculous over the thumb sucking with Collins then this wouldnt have been a headline…and some on here wouldn’t look quite so absurd doing flip flops

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      • Blazer

         /  22nd September 2020

        So you are in favour of…’whataboutism’….then!

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        • David

           /  22nd September 2020

          Dont care about either incident at all. Certainly not going to do hours of research like Duker to defend anyones corner to persuade no one of anything.
          For both ladies they were perfectly natural and very Kiwi things to do.

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  9. duperez

     /  22nd September 2020

    Mistakes are easy to make apparently. Even more than once. Even more than twice.

    Another announcement: “Election 2020: National’s fiscal hole doubles to $8 billion after Paul Goldsmith double counts in another mistake”

    “But this appears to distance Goldsmith from his own budget, which explicitly states the money is coming from the core Crown balance sheet. The NLTF is not part of the core crown balance sheet, but a fund which all revenue from fuel and road taxes flows into.

    Goldsmith’s claim also contradicts the National Party’s costings vetted by economic agency NZIER. The document they released alongside Goldsmith’s alternative budget lists the NZ Upgrade programme as a distinct funding line.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300113657/election-2020-nationals-fiscal-hole-doubles-to-8-billion-after-paul-goldsmith-double-counts-in-another-mistake

    Reply

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