A bus driver told Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to get on a separate bus from other Government leaders after mistaking her for one of their partners during the recent Pacific Forum, TVNZ has reported.

It said the mix-up happened Government leaders and their partners were being ferried from Sky City Grand Hotel to the waterfront in two buses last Thursday.

Security proceedures meant the leaders had to travel on one bus while their partners travelled on the other.

An anonymous police source told TVNZ a bus driver stopped Ms Gillard as she was getting on the bus with other leaders and told her to get on a bus with their partners.


It said the mistake was cleared up when an aide told the bus driver he was talking to the Australian Prime Minister.