Watch: PM won't rein in Shane Jones following blistering attack on Fonterra

Jacinda Ardern has distanced Government policy from Regional and Economic Development Minister Shane Jones' recent comments on Fonterra. 

Mr Jones yesterday said dairy giant Fonterra had become disconnected from the farming community.

"I thoroughly believe this, and I've said it elsewhere, as the CEO leaves Fonterra the chairman in quick order should catch the next cab out of town," he said. 

The Prime Minister today said today Mr Jones made the comments in a personal capacity.

"He did not make them as a Minister, and it's not Government policy, end of story."

She said at the time Mr Jones made clear it was not Government policy, "and that's true, it's absolutely not". 

Ms Ardern said there was a consultation currently on dairy, and they were asking the farming community on what they'd like to see. 

She said she would only rein him in if he was speaking in a Ministerial capacity".

Ms Ardern was previously forced to pull Mr Jones into line after critical comments he made about Air New Zealand. 

Mr Jones said he believed Fonterra had become disconnected from the farming community. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: Glowing Jacinda Ardern appreciative of Kiwis' 'kind' well wishes during pregnancy 'regardless' of their politics

The Prime Minister has described the support she has received from New Zealanders during her pregnancy as being "kind" and "generous", regardless of their political views. 

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Speaking today from Mystery Creek's Fieldays event, Jacinda Ardern said she had been given "not nearly as much advice as people think I would get", describing herself as "just as another human being going into a new stage of life". 

Just three days away from her June 17 due date, Ms Ardern was asked how people responded throughout her pregnancy.

"New Zealanders are incredibly generous people and have been generous in their support of me, regardless of the politics," Ms Ardern said.

"Mostly it's just wishing me good luck, Kiwis aren't really inclined to share a judgment on it, they just wish you well. Which is wonderful."

"I've got a strong sense New Zealanders just see this as a life event, not something that is going to particularly affect my job, and therefore have just been wishing me well, which is really kind."

Ms Ardern said she had been lucky in being able to work through her pregnancy, "a lot of people have their niggles along the way". 

She was asked if she had experienced pain in the pregnancy, to which she answered, "Yes. There's no doubt you get to a certain size and things start getting a little less comfortable. I think most women have experienced that."


The Prime Minister says many New Zealanders have wished her well. Source: 1 NEWS

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Whitehouse spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee-Sanders rumoured to be stepping down

Reports given to CBS News say Whitehouse spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee-Sanders press secretary Raj Shah will soon leave their roles.

CBS cites unnamed sources "close to the administration" who say Huckabee-Sanders has told friends she will leave at the end of the year.

Neither Shah or Huckabee-Sanders have responded to CBS requests for comment.

The pair would be the latest in a growing list of Whitehouse staffers who have left their positions while serving under the Donald Trump government.

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Sarah Huckabee-Sanders. Source: Associated Press