Jacinda Ardern’s Cat Takes on Twitter


Image: @FirstCatofNZ Twitter
Image: @FirstCatofNZ Twitter
Meet Paddles, the First Cat of New Zealand.

New Zealand’s newly-elected Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, may be in the spotlight – but her cat, Paddles, won’t be undermined. The ginger and white cat entered the world of social media last week with a Twitter account titled @FirstCatofNZ.

Image: @FirstCatofNZ Twitter

Paddles’ description reads: “Proud to serve as the First Cat of New Zealand. Have thumbs, will tweet. Prrp (Independent cat – not affurliated with the Labour Pawty).” While Ardern’s husband, Clarke Gayford, is believed to be behind the profile, Paddles claimed otherwise in a post on Tuesday night: “Paddles is behind her own social media presence. I’m a strong independent puss who don’t need no human.”

Image: @jacindaardern Official Instagram

Paddles also jokingly called out former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s cat Moonbeam for having “no grip on social media.” Key was known to be a fan of cats and spoke out against Conservation Minister Maggie Barry’s call for stray cats to be put down and households to have a limit on cats in 2015.

Image: @FirstCatofNZ Twitter

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