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NZ TV station apologises for Jacinda Ardern breastfeeding post

New Zealand's state broadcaster was forced to apologise to their PM after posting footage of Ardern breastfeeding. Source: AAP

Television New Zealand's posting of a clip of PM Jacinda Ardern breastfeeding in public has caused a stir and an apology.

New Zealand's state television broadcaster has apologised after posting footage of the country's prime minister breastfeeding in public.

Television New Zealand came under fire on Friday after posting online a clip of Jacinda Ardern feeding her newborn daughter Neve at a government announcement.

Ms Ardern returned to parliament after maternity leave this week and was on Friday announcing a ban on plastic shopping bags.

After speaking, she moved to the back of the room behind cameras to feed her daughter, but was filmed by a 1News camera.

The brief video was posted online and quickly sparked a series of complaints and arguments on social media.

It has since been taken down.

"Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was discussing the issue of single-use plastic bags and that should have been our focus," a TVNZ spokeswoman said.

"We accept the criticism. We got it wrong."

Ms Ardern, 38, became the first world leader to take maternity leave.

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