NZ Herald political reporter Jason Walls travelled with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to Tuvalu for the Pacific Islands Forum and had a ring-side seat as Ardern dealt with a trans-Tasman storm in a (berry) tea cup. He chronicles the trip.


It's wheels up from Whenuapai Air Force base at 8am for Fiji on our way to Tuvalu.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern doesn't waste any time before emerging from first class to chat to journalists, a cup of green tea in hand.


We talk books.

She's reading Donut Economics. It must heavy going; it's the same book she told an