Neve, daughter of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, cuts live stream
Working from home can be difficult for parents, even when you are the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
On Monday night, Jacinda Ardern was giving the nation a live update on changing Covid restrictions when she was interrupted by off-screen calls for “mom.”
“You’re supposed to be in bed, honey,” Ardern told his daughter, 3-year-old Neve.
“Go back to bed, I’ll come see you in a second.”
“Sorry, everyone,” Ardern said, turning to his national audience. She laughed at the interruption, continuing with, “Well, that was a bedtime failure, wasn’t it?”
Ardern, who has been praised for her clear and frequent communication with the public throughout the coronavirus pandemic, joked that she thought she had found a safe time to broadcast.
“Does anyone else have kids that slip away like three, four times after bedtime?” she asked, noting that luckily her mother was there to help her.
Towards the end of the eight-minute live broadcast, Neve could be heard again, wondering what the delay was.
“I’m sorry honey it’s taking so long,” Ardern said before cutting off the livestream to give bedtime another try.
Unplanned appearances of children have become a regular feature of remote work during the pandemic. But perhaps the most famous example came in 2017, when the BBC’s live interview with political scientist Robert Kelly was interrupted by the first, and then by his two children in a moment of instant recollection.