Jacinda, New Zealand’s Prime Minister, has explained the viral moment in which she tried to force a sign-language interpreter out of her way at a Covid conference. 

Ms. Ardern explained to reporters that her actions, where she appeared push the interpreter out the way as she stepped off the podium, was not an accident.

“She was to my right and I was trying not to get in my way of my coworkers and cross over them,’ she explained.

“But ofcourse, in doing so I cut her off – not intentionally, you can imagine and I apologised for it to her at the moment.

The video of the moment went viral after it had been reported by Daily Mail Australia. Many people noticed the unimpressed reaction of an interpreter. 

One person commented online, “This was innocent, and the sign ladies face are hilarious,” 

“Love the look she gives Jacinda as she moves back in front of the camera,” added another.

In a tweet, Deaf Aotearoa CEO Lachlankeating stated that the interpreter wasn’t unhappy.

CNN’s Jeanne Moss, the broadcaster, described the scene as Ardern ‘bigfooting’ her interpreter. However, she also recognized that Ms Ardern later offered an “apologetic smile”.  

Jacinda Ardern stepping in front of the sign language interpreter at the country's Covid press conference on the weekend (pictured)

Jacinda ardern steps in front the sign language interpreter at Covid’s weekend press conference (pictured) 

The uncomfortable moment shared to TikTok showed Ms Ardern stepping away from the microphone and directly into the interpreter. 

Ms. Ardern (41), then stepped back again, forcing her interpreter out the frame completely before the woman walks round her and back infront of TV crews. It gave the nation’s leader an unforgettable look before she continued signing for the hearing impaired. 

Social media reactions to the incident were both positive and negative, regardless of Ms Ardern’s apparent intentions. 

“What a bully!” One person said, “Wolf in sheep’s clothes.” 

‘So disrespectful. She used to be cool, but she is far from it now.

Others, however, were quick to point out that the interaction wasn’t intentional. 

“She was just moving out of her way for the other speaker, and she even smiled at them afterwards.  

Ms Ardern on Saturday

Some commented on the expression the interpreter had

Many commenters said that the expression on the face of the sign language interpreters was hilarious. After the incident, Ms. Ardern apologized (pictured). 

Video from the longer media conference shows that Ms Ardern quickly realized she had pushed the woman out in front of her and smiles and nods at the woman in apology. 

The press conferences of Ms. Ardern in recent days have been noted for their subject matter.

One day earlier, her media address was interrupted when an earthquake shook the stage. She shared an alarmed expression of concern with the sign language interpreter. 

The earthquake, which was later confirmed to have been a 5.9 magnitude quake, had struck the North Island. 

Ms. Ardern quickly regained control and pushed on.

‘Sorry, a slight distraction … would you mind repeating that question?’ She said.

On Friday, Ms Ardern and the same interpreter were briefly rattled by an earthquake, which struck as she was addressing the nation for a Covid-19 update

Friday’s earthquake rattled Ms Ardern and her interpreter briefly. This happened as she was speaking to the nation about Covid-19 updates 

Monday saw the New Zealand government report 109 Covid cases locally and reveal that 87 percent of the country has received one vaccine.  

Ms. Ardern announced Friday a 90% double-vaccination goal.

The alert system will be replaced by a traffic signal system, and mandated vaccines for health, education, and prison workers have been announced. 

Aucklanders, who spent nearly 10 weeks in lockdown, will be the first to move into a new traffic signal style.

Auckland’s 1.7million residents will be moved from alert level 3 to code red under the new system. This is because 90% of Aucklanders over 12 are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Pictured: The epicentre of Friday's earthquake near Nueva Plymouth on New Zealand's North Island. Geonet said the quake was recorded at a depth of about 210km and was felt across the country

Pictured: Friday’s earthquake’s epicentre was near Nueva Plymouth on New Zealand’s North Island. Geonet said the quake was recorded at a depth of about 210km and was felt across the country

Ms Ardern said that NZ’s largest city, which is currently 99% vaccinated, could change in December.

Ms Ardern stated that Auckland would move at current rates before Christmas.

“This is within Auckland’s grasp.”

Some New Zealanders are furious at the mandated vaccines. 

Liz Gunn, an ex-presenter of Breakfast, Good Morning, Radio NZ, and Radio NZ, released a touching video on Saturday.

She claimed mandatory vaccinations were ‘rape’, and Friday’s earthquake was Mother Earth rising up against a tyrannical leader. 

“The poisoning our children, the poisoning our air, and the poisoning our waters. Ms Gunn spoke out against the poisoning New Zealand with such terrible ideas. 

Former TVNZ and Radio NZ presenter Liz Gunn uploaded a video on Saturday (pictured) in which she said mandatory vaccines were "rape" and Ms Ardern had caused the earthquake

Liz Gunn, a former TVNZ and Radio NZ host uploaded a Saturday video (pictured) in that she claimed mandatory vaccines were ‘rape and Ms Ardern was responsible for the earthquake. 

She claimed that the introduction of a vaccine passport in New Zealand would cause divisions in the population. 

These are completely misguided lies Ardern is telling. The poisoning by arrogant tyrannical officials. All of it ends with this earthquake. This is what our mother was trying to explain to us. We need to listen to her. Even those who think Ardern amazing. 

“Stop and consider what this country would look like in a generation, or two generations if this leader is allowed to jab-rape. Because it is rape that tries to force someone to do something.

Ms. Gunn worked for TVNZ for over a decade between 1990-2003. She then quit live on TVNZ amid reports that she was not able to connect with Mike Hosking. 

She remained at Radio NZ from 1996 to 2016 and is now the executive producer/presenter for a creative content agency.