Jacinda Ardern has rejected Karl Stefanovic’s proposal to be appointed as an unofficial Australian.
The New Zealand Prime Minister appeared on The Today Show after meeting with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
The pair met up to discuss what the countries have in common and on how to improve their migration policies.
Karl then suggested that Ms Ardern could one day become an Australian, to which she immediately responded with a rejection.
“We love welcoming Kiwis, especially claiming the good ones as our own,” Karl said.
“No, there is absolutely no prospect of that ever happening, thank you,” Ms Ardern swiftly
“That’s the firmest answer we’ve had this morning, you don’t want to think about it?” Karl asked.
“It’s a hard no, but thank you though,” she said ending the conversation.
It’s no secret Australia likes to claim some New Zealanders as their own be it Russell Crowe or Keith Urban.
Ms Ardern was the first world leader to be invited to Australia since Mr Albanese was sworn in as Prime Minister.
The pair discussed the trans-Tasman relationship and are looking forward to creating more opportunities for citizens of each country.
“The prime minister and I are determined to take trans-Tasman relations to a new level – a new level of cooperation in the mutual interests of both of our nations,” Mr Albanese said.
“What that means is new jobs, new growth, new opportunities to co-operate.”
Ms Ardern welcomed the ideas and said it was great working so closely with Australia.
“There are no two countries that I can think of that have a closer relationship than ours and when I say that we are family, I mean it very sincerely,” she said.
Images: The Today Show
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