New Zealand PM's neighbour lets the cat out of the bag

Elias Hubbard
July 11, 2019

Two years after Jacinda Ardern's cat was tragically run over, the person responsible for Paddles' death has finally come forward.

Hi, I'm Paddles and I am the First Cat of New Zealand.

And it turns out.dun, dun, was her NEIGHBOUR.

Essentially, this "Chris" man was coming home during a lunchbreak and out of nowhere, Paddles darted out and was hit by his auto.

Speaking to stuff, Chris said he thought Paddles had survived the collision because it had run off afterwards.

After seeing her at the park with friends, Chris went up to her and told her he lived locally before apologising for killing Paddles.

He hopped out and another neighbour quickly arrived and Chris asked if it was her cat.

As you may remember, #1 leader and global crush Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand, was struck by tragedy in 2017.

Although the neighbour offered to rush Paddles to the vet, it was in vain.

The man, who asked to only be identified as Chris, said he got out of his auto to see what he had hit and saw a cat run off.

"I went back to work and tried to gather myself". Identified only as Chris, he said that he was driving home to pick up his laptop.

Chris' two daughters wrote sympathy cards for the Ardern-Clarkes, with one asking the Prime Minister to not send her dad to jail. Chris, attempting to right his inadvertent wrong, went over to the Prime Minister's house that afternoon - something you can apparently do in New Zealand, and I'm not sure why I'm surprised about that. He was clearly very upset.

"I said, "I'm so sorry", and then she said, "No, I'm sorry" and it kind of went round in circles".

Later on, Ardern called Chris to say thank you for the card and to apologise for the ordeal.

"I was also aware that to Jacinda and Clarke, Paddles was their fur baby at that point that they loved, so I was pretty gutted. But I obviously later found out they were pregnant so that made me feel a bit better that I didn't take out the only one thing that they loved", he added. And this week, we learned that one of those cards was from the guy who killed her, who felt just very bad about what happened.

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