Reporter panned for 'creepy' interview with New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern

60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley interviewed Jacinda Ardern and her husband Clarke Gayford

60 Minutes reporter Charles Wooley interviewed Jacinda Ardern and her husband Clarke Gayford

An interview in which New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern was described as "attractive" and quizzed about her baby's conception has been criticised as "sexist" and "creepy".

The question was a case of "too much information" but Ardern said she did not feel the question or interviewer Charles Wooley's comments on her looks were sexist.

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

"I just wasn't particularly fazed by any of it", Ardern told reporters.

The Labour government of then-Prime Minister David Lange banned nuclear armed and propelled ships from New Zealand waters in the 1980s.

"I've met a lot of prime ministers in my time, but none so young and not so many so smart, and never one so attractive", said Wooley in his opening.

A visibly uncomfortable Ardern, who was joined in the interview with her partner, Clarke Gayfords, laughed off the question, saying, "I mean, should add that the election was done ... yup, not that we need to get into those details".

Ms Ardern said she had not seen the interview yet, but she was not concerned about any question lines, including about the baby's inception date.

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Gayford - a fishing show host - appeared to post a cryptic reference to the interview on Twitter Monday, posting scenic coastal shots with the message: "A flawless place to escape for 60 Minutes or longer where required".

Addressing a crowd of hundreds, the Prime Minister said the pursuit of disarmament was "as vital today as it was when Norman Kirk and David Lange proclaimed New Zealand's opposition to nuclear weapons and nuclear testing in the Pacific". "It ought to come with a sickbag, too", Steve Braunias wrote in an opinion piece entitled "Jacinda Ardern co-stars in new Australian horror movie".

"Between you and me, I do get paid to do this and my executive producer would've sacked me if I hadn't asked that", he said.

Social media users slammed it as "repugnant" and "absolutely cringeworthy". "I'm going with winning".

In another segment, Wooley went out fishing with Gayford, seemingly only to allow him to make the suggestion that "Jacinda was the catch of the day".

In a question and answer session after the speech the prime minister said the biggest threat facing New Zealand was a breakdown in this rules based order.

The PM responded that her baby was due on 17 June.

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