Jacinda Ardern reveals Easter plans with toddler - and shares hilarious egg 'masterpiece'

Photo: Instagram / Jacinda Ardern
Photo: Instagram / Jacinda Ardern  

Despite giving the Easter Bunny the all-clear to visit New Zealand this weekend, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has revealed there won't be an Easter egg hunt at her house this year. And toilet training is off the cards, too. 

Talking to the Breeze morning show, she told hosts Robert Rakete and Jeanette Thomas that her one-year-old daughter Neve was still too young to understand the Easter Bunny.

"She's thankfully still at that stage where she's aware of what's going on around her but not that to that degree" Ardern said, before telling the hosts her daughter has attempted to draw an Easter egg with, which mainly "resembled some lines".

The New Zealand Prime Minister added her daughter used a "Vivid [permanent marker] for the job", thanks to her Nana. 

"Neve lost her balance mid drawing so we now have this masterpiece" she captioned the Instagram post of the drawing.

"And a fairly similar one on the carpet", she quipped.

Many fans were quick to comment with similar experiences and advice on getting the marker out.

"Nanas throw out all rules when it comes to grandkids!", said one.  


"Thanks Nana," remarked another. 

The drawing is part of the #NZEggHunt Ardern announced on Tuesday in an effort to create a community hunt for children across the country. 

"All you have to do is colour it in or decorate it, and pop it in your window for other kids to find," she wrote in an Instagram post. "I'd also love to see your designs."


This is a message for the kids of New Zealand. I’ve been asked by lots of you whether the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny are an essential service (I even got asked in a press conference today!) I have good news, the are! But because we’re all in isolation at the moment, the Easter Bunny might not make it to every house this year (they probably have to look after their own Bunny family too). So just in case, I’m wondering if you’ll help me create an Easter egg hunt for all the children in your neighbourhood? You can draw your own Easter egg, or you can colour in the one that some of my clever friends helped to make. All you have to do is colour it in or decorate it, and pop it in your window for other kids to find. I'd also love to see your designs. If you email them to primeminister@parliament.govt.nz, or share them on social media using the hashtag #NZEggHunt, I'll pop a few of them here and on Facebook over the Easter weekend. Have fun everyone! P.S you can print a copy of this colouring sheet over on my Facebook page.

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The Easter Bunny won't be the only thing absent from Ardern's household this weekend, with Ardern also admitting that her and her partner Clarke Gayford may have gotten a little "ahead of themselves" with toilet training their toddler and will be giving it a rest.

"We're taking advice from [psychologist] Nigel Latta that during this period" she said "nobody should be too hard on themselves." 

When asked how the toilet training was going in another interview with New Zealand radio host Jason Reeves, she laughed and admitted: "Massive fail is all I can say!"

Ardern previously said she would take the extra time over the weekend to toilet train their daughter, with Gayford tweeting that the weekend that "it's as good a time as any"

"Apologies in advance to the carpet" he joked in his tweet.

Ardern replied to an Instagram comment last month from Magic Talk presenter Carly Flynn who asked how toilet training was going.

"We are having ZERO success!" Ardern replied.