While we sit and wait out doomsday, aka the 2020 Presidential election, here in the U.S, New Zealand has used its brain and re-elected Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The 40-year old made history in her first term by being the second world leader in office to give birth, her compassionate and swift handling of the terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques, banning assault rifles after the murders, gave her international attention and acclaim, and her country’s strict policies on the coronavirus pandemic, has made her one of the most popular and respected world leaders.
Her landslide victory consisted of her securing 49% of the vote and her party, the Labour party, won the majority of seats in Parliament, 64 seats out of a 120 seat assembly, and making history as their biggest win in half a century. Her quick action on quarantines, closing borders, and enforcing policies to protect her country from the pandemic is credited with her popularity and her being re-elected. As it stands, New Zealand has 1,900 confirmed cases of the virus and 25 deaths.
After her win, she told her supporters, “New Zealand has shown the Labour Party its greatest support in almost 50 years. We will not take your support for granted. And I can promise you that we will be a party that governs for every New Zealander.” Among her plans for this term, she is looking to enforce more climate-change policies, expand funding for schools in disadvantaged areas, and raise taxes on the rich.
The Realist Woman’s take:
The re-election of Prime Minister Ardern did not surprise me and I was happy to learn of the news. She is a compassionate leader who is not ruled by her emotions, unlike a lot of male politicians.
She has decided to listen to scientists and take care of her country during this pandemic. No, everything is not perfect in New Zealand, but she is a leader that despite her party having the majority, will work with others outside her political party for the benefit of the people she represents.