In New Zealand non European-descent ethnic groups refer to their elders as 'uncle' or aunty'. Helen Clark is widely supported among the various ethnic groups in New Zealand.
Her detractors often refer to her as 'uncle Helen' in an attempt to describe her appearance and/or demeanour.
Prime Minister Clark: Kia ora mate! Not too bad aye.
Random guy 2: Bugger me! It's uncle Helen.. piss of ya lesbo!
So called as she is the matriarch of the New Zealand 'Nanny State', but without the children.
Sometimes referred by her detractors as Uncle Helen due to the her masculine appearance.