'Creepy mummy': Jacinda Ardern gifted 'disturbing' homemade doll

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Despite facing a growing Covid outbreak, New Zealand residents have been given a reason to laugh— in the form of a 'creepy' doll version of their Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.

Ms Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford took to Instagram to share a video of the rather unsettling mini version of the prime minister, or as their daughter Neve calls it, "Creepy Mummy".

"Well Hi everyone, welcome to Monday. Who doesn't want a 30-second distraction to try and help get them through the start of the week?" Mr Gayford said in the Instagram video.

LEFT: Clarke Gaysford looking at the doll with it facing him, you can just see the brown hair. RIGHT: the doll which has a caricature version of Jacinda Ardern's face.
Clarke Gaysford showed off the doll which his daughter Neve has lovingly nicknamed 'Creepy Mummy.' Source: Instagram

"So I give you this. We get given all sorts of wonderful hand-made arts and crafts here and when I say we — Neve," he continues, brushing the doll's hair with her facing away from the camera.

"And there's some real talent in this country, some incredible talent, and she's a very lucky three-year-old.

"Some of the things make their way into our home and into our three-year-old's heart," he said.

"Including this wonderful dolly, which Neve has even given a name," he says, before dramatically revealing the doll's face.

"She calls this dolly 'Creepy Mummy' and 'Creepy Mummy' would just like to say: 'Hang in there. You got this. Even though it's Monday.'"

According to Mr Gayford the doll was sent to them without any details attached, but it's much loved by the smallest member of their family— despite the nickname.

Fans loved the video, many agreeing it was the laugh they needed as New Zealand faces an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant.

Jacinda Ardern: NZ outbreak at 'critical point'

New Zealand recorded 53 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, down from 83 the previous day.

On Friday, the nation's lockdown was extended on Friday after the current Covid outbreak jumped by another 70 cases, all in Auckland.

Auckland and Northland are likely to stay in level-four lockdown through to September 15.

The rest of New Zealand – including Wellington — will move to level-three lockdown from September 1.

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