This image of New Zealand prime minister is a composite of two different photos
An image appearing to show New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugging a man wearing the colours of infamous Kiwi gang the Mongrel Mob has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. However, the image has been doctored; the picture of Ardern has been lifted from a genuine photo showing her hugging first responders after the White Island Volcano disaster in 2019, while the picture of gang members was taken at a police officer's funeral.
The image was shared here on Facebook on May 12, 2021.
The picture appears to show New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugging a man wearing the insignia of the infamous Kiwi bikie gang the Mongrel Mob.
Text superimposed over the image reads: “DON’T WORRY BRO WE ONLY TOOK THE GUNS OFF THE GOOD PEOPLE”.
“A picture speaks a thousand words!” the Facebook post caption reads.
The image circulated after a bill aimed at restricting gun ownership for gang members was introduced by a Nations MP, but was not supported by Ardern's Labour Party during a vote in the New Zealand House of Representatives, Newshub reported here.
Labour later appeared to be on board with curbing weapon ownership for gang members, with Communications Minister Kris Faafoi announcing orders on weapons ownership for “high-risk people”.
The image, however, is a composite of two different photos.
The original photo’s caption reads: “Jacinda Ardern hugs a St Johns member during a meeting with first responders.”
The second image showing Mongrel Mob members is a tightly cropped version of this Getty Images photo showing gang members standing next to Police at the funeral of a slain law enforcement officer.
The original photo’s caption reads: “Police officers stand next to mongrel mob members outside the school where the funeral of murdered officer Murray Stretch was held today. (Photo by Ross Setford/Getty Images)”
Ardern’s embrace of the unnamed first responder taken appears to have been cropped from the 2019 photo and pasted onto the image of the Mongrel Mob members, with her earrings and ring matching.
The gang members featured in both the original and the photoshopped image are also both wearing the same jacket and have the same hairstyle, as seen in the image comparison below.