Jacinda Ardern ABANDONS press conference after 'disruptive' act

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been forced to abandon a press conference after being heckled.

Ms Ardern was speaking in Northland, on New Zealand’s North Island, on Tuesday about the vaccine rollout.

In a video of the press conference, Ms Ardern addresses the media as a woman chants and sings in the background.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a press conference.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern warns a heckler she will shut down a press conference if he continues to interupt. Source: Twitter/ Viewspotnz

She tells reporters everyone is “completely on the same page” when it came to driving home the message of the importance of vaccinations.

But as she speaks, a man interrupts asking why the vaccine isn’t working in Israel.

The PM continues to speak but the man keeps asking the same question.

“Sir, I’m going to answer the questions of the accredited media,” she says.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media.
The heckler (middle with back turned) continues to interrupt. Source: NZ Herald

He continues to press the same question.

Ms Ardern warns she will end the press conference if he doesn’t stop interrupting.

“Sir, I will shut down the press conference if you do not cease,” she says.

This does nothing to stop the man.

“It’s rude to lie to the public of New Zealand,” he says.

The PM tells the reporters she is going to move the press conference inside.

“Unfortunately, we’ve got someone who’s disrupting your press conference today,” Ms Ardern says.

Staffers and reporters prepare to move inside as the man continues to yell out where he works stating he reports for "a facts and evidence based platform ... covering the stories that many mainstream media outlets will not".

As of Wednesday, 76 per cent of New Zealand's population is fully vaccinated and 88 per cent have had one dose.

There were a further 126 cases of Covid-19.

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