Jacinda Ardern's blasé response after being chased by anti-vaxxers

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has shrugged off any concerns about her safety after she was pestered by anti-vaxxers.

Video uploaded to social media shows Ms Ardern in a van as she was travelling through The Bay of Islands on January 21.

“There’s Jacinda’s van,” a woman in another car says.

A woman is heard yelling in the background: “We do not consent”, and “shame on you”.

Jacinda Ardern's car is run off the road at Bay of Islands in New Zealand by anti-vaxxers.
Jacinda Ardern's car is run off the road at Bay of Islands in New Zealand by anti-vaxxers. Source: Twitter/ ViewSpotNZ

It’s believed this woman is the mother of the woman in the car.

As the PM’s car pulls away, headed for an exit in the carpark, the woman in the car tells the driver to cut Ms Ardern’s car off.

They drive up and attempt to block Ms Ardern’s car from leaving but her driver mounts the kerb and takes off.

The woman in the car laughs.

“F****** little b****,” she yells.

Ardern says it was 'just another day'

The PM on Thursday was asked if she feared for her safety during the encounter and what she made of the incident.

“Not too much,” Ms Ardern told reporters.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is pictured.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she wasn't concerned for her welfare after being heckled by antivaxxers recently. Source: AAP

“Every day is faced with new and different experiences in this job and that was just another day.”

The PM added “at no point” was she worried.

“We are in an environment at the moment that does have an intensity to it. That is unusual for New Zealand,” she said.

“But I do also believe that with time it will pass.”

Ms Ardern was forced to abandon a press conference in November last year after she was heckled by a woman singing and a man who accused her of lying to people about vaccines.

The PM announced on Tuesday she was cancelling her wedding due to the introduction of new restrictions aimed to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant.

"I am no different to, dare I say it, thousands of other New Zealanders who have had much more devastating impacts felt by the pandemic, the most gutting of which is the inability to be with a loved one sometimes when they are gravely ill,” she said.

“That will far, far outstrip any sadness I experience."

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