Jacinda Ardern: Nobel Peace Prize talk 'doesn't sit comfortably with me'

News 26/03/2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is uncomfortable with calls for her to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her response to the Christchurch terror attack.

"That chat doesn't sit that comfortably with me. I'm doing my job and just being a human along the way," she told The AM Show.

Fifty people were killed when a gunman opened fire inside the Deans Ave and Linwood Ave mosques on Friday, March 15.

Ardern travelled to Christchurch the day after the attack and met with members of the Muslim community, and announced changes to gun laws less than a week later.

She told The AM Show she hoped others in her position would have responded in the same way to the situation.

"For me it's a given that this would have been the way that I would have hoped that anyone in my position would have responded."

Arden has received significant praise for her response to the shooting, both in New Zealand and internationally.

"She promptly labelled the worst peacetime mass killing in New Zealand as terrorism, and set about reassuring a nation that has been largely unscathed by the violence and fears that have afflicted other countries in the past two decades," Reuters reported.

Change.org petition asking the Norwegian Nobel Committee to consider Ardern for the prize currently has over 40,000 signatures.

Nominations for the 2019 prize closed in February, so she will not be eligible to win this year's prize, but could be in the running next year.