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Jacinda Ardern Not 'Fazed' by Viewer-Dubbed 'Creepy' Interview

Jacinda Ardern Not 'Fazed' by Viewer-Dubbed 'Creepy' Interview

One man said he felt embarrassed for the New Zealand Prime Minister and was surprised she was able to "endure" the interview.

He said that Ardern had not appeared to be uncomfortable during the interview and that he did not regret asking about the date of conception.

Radio New Zealand reported Ms Ardern said she did not find the interview "sexist or insulting".

"I've met a lot of prime ministers in my time, but none so young, not too many so smart, and never one so attractive", he said during the clip.

But becoming a mum isn't expected to slow Ms Ardern down - she says she'll be back running the country within weeks.

"Admittedly, although somewhat smitten just like the rest of her country, I do know that what's really important in politics has to be what you leave behind", Wooley says.

If they could have looked at the interview with the ageing white male journalist Charles Wooley objectively, rather than plucking out a few cringe-causing bits, they would have seen a woman comfortable in her own skin, even if she did shift a little uncomfortably when she was asked about her impending baby's conception date.

"The interview didn't particularly stand out for me in a way that made sense when I saw some of the headlines that followed on", Ms Ardern said.

In another segment, he asks about her baby's due date, then proceeds to comment on when her child was conceived.

'If you say somebody is attractive, my thesaurus defines it as 50 choices from good looking to gorgeous to likeable, there is so many different meanings'.

Wooley has called the social media attack as "Orwellian", alluding to George Orwell's 1984 where a secret agency punishes any criminal, political or individual thought that is not approved.

Viewers also questioned Mr Wooley's general approach to the interview.

"The portfolio responsibility will be given to Rt Hon Winston Peters, and is an acknowledgment of the emphasis this government places on our long held anti-nuclear stance, and the role we must play now and in the future", Ardern said to a New Zealand Institute of International Affairs conference on Tuesday morning.

A statement by Channel 9 said it always asks interviewees "tough" questions and shows the "human side" of interviewees.

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