Jacinda Ardern’s fiance shares the VERY soppy gift that helps him cope with being away from his partner while she’s on the campaign trail
- Clarke Gayford shared a picture of a unique pillowcase on Twitter on Wednesday
- The case is adorned with Jacinda Ardern’s face, English roses and a silver fern
- The 43-year-old said it lets him not miss his fiance too much while campaigning
- Ms Ardern took on Judith Collins in the third leaders debate on Tuesday night
- She is heavily favoured to win a second term as PM in the October 17 election
Jacinda Ardern’s fiance Clarke Gayford has revealed the cringeworthy gift that keeps him company while his partner is away campaigning for re-election.
The 43-year-old took to Twitter on Wednesday to share a picture of a pillow case adorned with Ms Ardern’s face, two English roses and a silver fern.
‘Amazing the curios picked up on the campaign trail,’ Mr Gayford captioned the post.
‘This wee gem of a gift was slipped onto my pillow so I won’t miss her too much while she’s out getting it done and I’m home stocking up on two litre milks.’
Clarke Gayford shared a picture of the pillowcase keeping him company (pictured) while Jacinda Ardern is campaigning for re-election on Twitter on Wednesday
Ms Ardern has been on the campaign trail for a number of weeks and outfoxed opposition leader Judith Collins with a stirring performance in the third leaders debate of the New Zealand election campaign.
After lacklustre efforts in previous outings, the Labour leader showed both her stately and relatable sides on stage at James Hay Theatre in Christchurch on Tuesday night.
On topics as varied as climate change and electric vehicles, youth dental care and the COVID-19 lockdown, Ms Ardern had Ms Collins’ measure.
And in a ‘The Price Is Right’ round designed to test how in touch the two leaders are with everyday costs, Ms Ardern was able to name the cost of a Netflix plan.
The couple (pictured together) became engaged over Easter last year and share daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford
‘I believe it’s about $11.99,’ she said, naming the monthly price to the cent.
Ms Ardern blundered on the price of a 2kg leg of lamb – offering $20 to Ms Collins’ $28 – when the actual price is $42.
Mr Gayford had a cheeky response for Ms Ardern’s meat mistake.
‘Owing to a freezer full of venison it’s also my fault that no lamb has been purchased in a while,’ he tweeted.
However, the error didn’t dent a strong night for Ms Ardern, who is heavily favoured to win a second term as PM in the October 17 election.
The popular 40-year-old looked more comfortable in a raucous town hall setting, with a crowd tilted in her favour, after two debates in a TV studio.
On COVID-19, Ms Ardern hit out at National’s run of three leaders since May, saying ‘every leader we’ve have from National has had a different position and it’s been wrong’.
Ms Collins erred by offering Samoa as a better example of a country which locked down ‘hard and early’, to use Ms Ardern’s commonly uttered phrase.
Ms Ardern outfoxed opposition leader Judith Collins (pictured) with a stirring performance in the third leaders debate
The 40-year-old was able to name the exact cost of a Netflix plan during an election debate
The 61-year-old said the island nation, which has not recorded any cases of the virus, locked down a month earlier than New Zealand – in fact it locked down a day later.
Ms Ardern’s best moment came while discussing poor dental outcomes for Kiwi kids.
Rather than attack her opponent, she accepted Ms Collins’ point and then spelled out a specific policy prescription, leaving the otherwise-noisy opposition leader silent.
‘We have to dig deeper about what is happening,’ she said.
‘Our children aren’t accessing free dental care and instead are having to go under anaesthetic to have them removed … we need extra dental buses (and) we want an extra 20 to get into those communities and make that difference.’
After the debate, Ms Ardern declined to declare victory, but said her showing was reflective of her government.
‘What we’re offering is a stable government with a plan and I think that was on display tonight,’ she said.
The fourth and final debate will be hosted by TVNZ on Thursday, October 15, two days before the election.