TVNZ apologise for filming Jacinda Ardern breastfeeding

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Publish Date
Friday, 10 August 2018, 3:56p.m.
OneNews posted the footage online after a press conference today. (Photo / NZ Herald)

An apology from TVNZ after one of its cameramen filmed Jacinda Ardern feeding her daughter Neve

The Prime Minister today attended the announcement that plastic bags would be banned, and brought her eight week old baby Neve along with her.

While standing at the back of the hall, a One News cameraman turned and filmed Ardern while she was holding Neve.

A blanket is covering Neve, and TVNZ surmised that Ardern was breastfeeding.

The video has since been taken down.

A TVNZ spokeswoman said the video was removed after they had received a lot of criticism and decided it was wrong.

A spokeswoman told AAP that their focus should have been on the press conference.

"We accept the criticism. We got it wrong," she told the news agency. 

Raising the issue on talkback, Andrew Dickens says that he is outraged that they would post the video, and asks how it is even allowed given tough rules imposed by speaker Trevor Mallard banning unauthorised video of Neve.

Texters were divided, with several criticising One News for posting it, with some pointing out that she was clearly trying to protect Neve as she had covered her face.

Others questioned why Ardern had even brought Neve with her to the conference, with one person suggesting she was using Neve as a prop.

Dickens pointed out that Neve is eight weeks old and would require breastfeeding, and that she and Ardern were at the back of the room where they were meant to be out of the cameras. 

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