New Zealand’s Covid-19 response minister was late for his press conference, but his mother was there to apologize to journalists for the delay
New Zealand’s Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins was almost half an hour late for his press-conference on Thursday, but his mom came out to the waiting journalists and apologized for her son.
The event was outdoors and took place in Wellington’s nature reserve, 50km northwest of Wellington. This is close to where Hipkins spent his Christmas holidays with his family.
The journalists were already there when the minister’s press secretary told them that Hipkins was running late.
But then the cabinet member’s mother came down the track and also apologized to the media for the inconvenience caused by her son.
“She didn’t need to, but mums will be mums. Such a treat,”Katrina Bennett of NZME media, which witnessed the event, posted on Twitter.
It’s nice to work at this time of year. @chrishipkins‘ mum came & apologised to us for her son running late 😂 She didn’t need to, but mums will be mums. This was a wonderful treat.
— Katrina Bennett (@KatrinaZBWgtn) December 30, 2021
According to Bennett, the woman told them that her 43-year-old son didn’t take his suit with him for the holiday and had to drive back to his home in Upper Hutt in the morning to retrieve it, but got stuck in traffic.
Hipkins eventually made it to the press-conference and was dressed properly, with his much-anticipated arrival – the man approached the media from the bushes – becoming fodder for a bunch of memes on social media.
What is that Big Foot doing? Chris Hipkins arrived late at the bush to give his presser.
— Jeremy Jupiter Jones (@jeremy_pm) December 29, 2021
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Hipkins also assured the media that the government wasn’t considering a lockdown due to the emergence of the more contagious, mutant Covid-19 strain in the country. “At this point there is no case to reinstate any boundaries,”He stated.
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