New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern cancels wedding amid Omicron wave


New Zealand Herald

23rd January 2022 – (Wellington) Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled her wedding to partner Clarke Gayford, as the country prepares to move to the red traffic light setting.

The Prime Minister announced the cancellation during her press conference on Omicron today.

Ardern and Gayford, who have daughter Neve, were planning to get married this summer in Gisborne.

“When it comes to events, whether it’s a birthday or a wedding or any kind of event of that nature, gathering limits of 100 do come in with the red light setting at 11.59pm tonight,” Ardern said.

“It will depend on the nature of the event and if they are using vaccine passes – if they are not, it reduces to 25 people.

“As for mine, my wedding won’t be going ahead but I just join many other New Zealanders who have had an experience like that as a result of the pandemic. And to anyone caught up in that scenario, I am so sorry, but we are all so resilient and I know we understand we are doing this for one another and it will help us carry on.”