WATCH | NZ PM Jacinda Ardern auditioned for Lord of the Rings

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is continuing to break ground, surrounding her tour of the US, as she takes part in the United Nations General Assembly.

The new mum made international headlines this week after becoming the first world leader to bring her baby into the United Nations.

She then went on to deliver a rousing statement on behalf of New Zealand.


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And to top it off, the youngest female world leader had the crowd in the palm of her hand during an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The host and audience members were left laughing about an embarrassing mis-hap involving her partner, Clarke Gayford, and Donald Trump.

“I’m surprised no one lept on him,” Ms Ardern told Mr Colbert, as she explained how Mr Gayford had knocked over a flag and was left holding a “metal prong” while standing close to the US President.

And the 38-year-old also confessed she had once auditioned to be part of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

“I do find it slightly offensive, that everyone thinks that every New Zealander starred in either Lord of the Rings or the Hobbit,” she said.

“Some of us auditioned and weren’t successful, ok?” she admitted.

Mr Colbert, a self-confessed lover of everything J.R.R. Tolkien, was then left speechless as Ms Ardern told him he was to become a ‘citizen of Hobbiton’.

“Come to New Zealand, we’ll make the ceremony official!”

Since graduating from University in 2003, Rachel has worked in radio in a variety of roles including announcer, journalist and copywriter. The crazy world of radio has taken her from her hometown of Toowoomba to Wollongong, Sydney, Brisbane and finally the Gold Coast when in 2009 she started writing and presenting news with Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au.

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