NZ's Ardern takes Bledisloe dig at Jones

Jacinda Ardern hasn't reacted to Alan Jones comments but did take a swipe at the Wallabies record.
Jacinda Ardern hasn't reacted to Alan Jones comments but did take a swipe at the Wallabies record.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has shrugged off Sydney shock jock Alan Jones' controversial on-air comments about her while taking a dig at the broadcaster's former stint as Wallabies coach.

Jones criticised Ms Ardern last Thursday after she said "Australia has to answer to the Pacific" on climate change at a forum in Tuvalu, and suggested Prime Minister Scott Morrison "shove a sock down" her throat.

He has since apologised for his comments but on Saturday was threatened with the sack by employer Macquarie Radio.

A number of advertisers have also abandoned his breakfast show on Sydney's 2GB and 4BC in Brisbane.

Yet Ms Ardern on Tuesday remained unperturbed by Jones' remarks, telling New Zealand breakfast program The AM Show she didn't have a strong reaction to them and politicians were open for criticism.

"I understand he used to be closely linked to the Wallabies, so let's just say that revenge is best served through a Bledisloe Cup," Ms Ardern said.

"We sign up for (criticism) when we are politicians.

"I have tried very hard, specifically on this Alan Jones comment ... you won't find me having particularly reacted or responded."

Although the Wallabies last weekend lost their 17th consecutive Bledisloe Cup series to the All Blacks, Jones won the Cup once in his five attempts when he coached Australia from 1984 until 1988.

Australian Associated Press