Jacinda Ardern has defended making an air force Boeing 757 take an extra trip to the Pacific island of Nauru so she can minimise time away from her .
The New Zealand prime minister has asked that the plane fly back from the Pacific Islands Forum to pick her up, one day after her deputy departed for the three-day meeting.
The cost to the taxpayer of the extra trip – estimated at between NZ$50,000 to NZ$100,000 (£25,000 to £50,000) – has been criticised.
Ardern is still breastfeeding her 11-week-old daughter, Neve, who is too young to have the immunisations required to visit Nauru. The prime minister decided that while she could not miss the meeting, she also could not leave Neve for the full three days.
Whether it’s $00,000 that should be saved is another matter of course…..that’s what, the bill for half a unit of social housing?