Machete-wielding woman is arrested after allegedly smashing Jacinda Ardern’s office with the huge knife
- Jacinda Ardern’s electoral office in Auckland, NZ allegedly attacked on Thursday
- The woman allegedly used a large machete to smash a hole in the door
- A woman, 57, was arrested at a Coatesville home, 30km north west of Auckland
- No one was harmed in the attack, with Ms Ardern 5,000km away in Antarctica
- A police investigation into the ‘willful damage’ at the office is ongoing
Police were called to Ms Ardern’s office in the central Auckland suburb of Morningside on Thursday at about 8.20am following reports the door was smashed and an object was thrown inside.
A 57-year-old woman was arrested at a Coatesville home, a rural community 30km north west of Auckland, according to news outlet Stuff.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s electoral office was smashed on Thursday
An eyewitness said they saw a person walking down the road towards the office, smashing the front doors with what appeared to be a samurai sword.
The person was then seen throwing something through a hole in the door, with smoke coming out of the building shortly after.
A large knife, believed to be a machete, was found by passers-by lying on the ground on New North Road and was later photographed and collected by police.
The New Zealand news outlet claimed it received an email at 9.03am from a person declaring responsibility for the attack.
‘At 8.20 this morning I smashed a hole in her electoral office door and dropped the bomb in [sic],’ the email read.
Police confirmed no one was injured in the attack and are conducting a full investigation into the ‘willful damage’ at the office.
‘No injuries have been reported and the building was unoccupied at the time,’ police said.
‘A scene examination will be conducted and inquiries remain ongoing.’
Prime Minister Jacinda Arden was almost 5,000 kilometres away in Antarctica when the attack occurred.
Ms Ardern and her fiancé Clarke Gayford reached Scott Base on Wednesday on their second attempt after a flight on Tuesday was turned back due to poor weather at McMurdo Sound.
The prime minister is due back in NZ late on Friday, after she visits the research station.