New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she will resign and not seek re-election

  

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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  2 weeks ago  •  63 comments

By:   Tim Stelloh and The Associated Press

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she will resign and not seek re-election
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will step down by next month because she no longer has "enough in the tank" to do the job justice, she said.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will step down by next month because she no longer has "enough in the tank" to do the job justice, she said.

"I'm leaving because with such a privileged role comes responsibility — to know when you're the right person to lead and also when you are not," said Ardern, who leads the country's Labour Party and won her first term 5½ years ago.

Ardern, 42, said Thursday afternoon local time (7 p.m. ET Wednesday) she would not seek re-election and planned to resign no later than Feb. 7.

"This has been the most fulfilling 5½ years of my life, but it has also had its challenges," she told reporters. "Amongst an agenda focused on housing, child poverty and climate change, we encountered a major biosecurity incursion, a domestic terror event, a major natural disaster, a global pandemic and an economic crisis.

"The decisions that have had to be made have been continual, and they have been weighty," she said.

The party has seven days to determine whether a new leader has more than two-thirds of caucus support, she said. A vote will occur Sunday.

If a new leader is selected, Ardern said, she will resign soon after and a new prime minister will be sworn in. If not, the vote will go to the wider party membership, she said.

"This has been the most fulfilling 5½ years of my life, but it has also had its challenges," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.Mark Mitchell / Pool via Getty Images file

Ardern said she plans to remain in Parliament in order to avoid a by-election.

"Beyond that I have no plan, no next steps," she said. "All I know is whatever I do I will try to find ways to keep working for New Zealand."

Ardern had faced a tough election campaign this year. Her liberal Labour Party won re-election two years ago in a landslide of historic proportions, but recent polls have put her party behind its conservative rivals.

She was lauded globally for her country's initial handling of the coronavirus pandemic after New Zealand managed for months to stop the virus at its borders. But its zero-tolerance strategy was abandoned once it was challenged by new variants and vaccines became available.

She faced tougher criticism at home that the strategy was too strict, and many of Ardern's right-wing critics cheered her resignation announcement.

Ardern announced last month that a Royal Commission of Inquiry would look into whether the government made the right decisions in battling Covid-19 and how it can better prepare for future pandemics. Its report is due next year.

Tim Stelloh

Tim Stelloh is a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital.

The Associated Press


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Just Jim NC TttH
Professor Principal
1  Just Jim NC TttH    2 weeks ago

Ahhh the incarnation of "The Peter Principle".

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2  Vic Eldred    2 weeks ago

New Zealand's young Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern's 2021 net worth grew by more than 3100% to $25,000,000.00


 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    2 weeks ago

So what?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2.1    2 weeks ago

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Comments about another member or their behavior are, by definition, "off topic & no value".

Since you believe ( incorrectly ) that you the seeder can say just anything "and be on topic",

I will adjust and change the ticket to taunting.

You are welcome

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

No, it is not.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
2.1.3  Hallux  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.1    2 weeks ago
Removed for context

What this has to do with an article on Ms.Arden escapes me.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.4  Tessylo  replied to  Hallux @2.1.3    2 weeks ago

Me as well

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
2.1.5  Hallux  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.4    2 weeks ago

Derangement syndromes morph almost as quickly as a Covid virus ... Clinton D.S. morphed into Bush D.S.  which morphed into Obama D.S. which in turn morphed into Trump D.S. and now it's morphing into Biden D.S.. It's a fucking soap opera. 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.1.6  Tessylo  replied to  Hallux @2.1.5    2 weeks ago

I was referring to the deflections, not syndromes.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
2.1.7  Hallux  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.6    2 weeks ago

They're dancing partners.

 
 
 
afrayedknot
Sophomore Quiet
2.1.8  afrayedknot  replied to  Hallux @2.1.7    2 weeks ago

And she chose not to take the next dance.

More power to strong, powerful women…knowing when to step off, knowing when their time is done, knowing what is best for themselves and thus her constituents. 

Congrats for time well served. Hers is an example all can learn from. 

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
2.1.9  Hallux  replied to  afrayedknot @2.1.8    2 weeks ago

She also gave birth in 2018 and anyone who has had a child in the 4-5 year old range knows they can be a handful. This action also release her husband to do what he does.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.2  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    2 weeks ago

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Tessylo
Professor Principal
2.2.14  Tessylo  replied to    2 weeks ago

It is about Jacinda Ardern.  Some choose to deflect rather than discuss the topic of the article.

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
2.2.18  Split Personality  replied to  Tessylo @2.2    2 weeks ago

Most of the thread removed for being off topic and / or meta.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
2.3  Hallux  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    2 weeks ago

At least you provided a link, folks including you should read it and not take your comment at face value.

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
2.4  Split Personality  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    2 weeks ago
New Zealand's young Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern's 2021 net worth grew by more than 3100% to $25,000,000.00

How so? Your article state that the source of that figure is a tweet.

Your own "culture" link states that she's been in politics since 2008, Prime Minister since 2017

and has written several books.  The article concludes that her net worth is between 5 and 10 million.

Remember, the charming Megyn Kelly got a 10million dollar book deal in 2016 and she was just a journalist with a law degree.

 
 
 
shona1
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2.5  shona1  replied to  Vic Eldred @2    2 weeks ago

Morning Vic...and???

Prey tell how many poor ex US presidents are running around over there? 

 
 
 
George
Freshman Guide
2.5.1  George  replied to  shona1 @2.5    2 weeks ago
poor

Probably Zero. Jimmy Carter probably cashed in the least, Clinton or Obama the most.  

 
 
 
shona1
Junior Participates
2.5.2  shona1  replied to  George @2.5.1    2 weeks ago

Not forgetting grumpy Trumpy...

 
 
 
George
Freshman Guide
2.5.3  George  replied to  shona1 @2.5.2    2 weeks ago

Reports are trumps net worth dropped by 700 million while president. But I’m sure he will figure someway to cash in, they all do.

 
 
 
shona1
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2.5.4  shona1  replied to  George @2.5.3    2 weeks ago

Yep pig trough pollies have always got their snouts in...

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
2.5.5  Split Personality  replied to  George @2.5.1    2 weeks ago
Jimmy Carter probably cashed in the least, Clinton or Obama the most.

Doesn't seem to be true...

Name Net worth
(millions of 2022 US$)
Political party [11] Years in office Lifespan
Donald Trump 3,000 [nb 1] Republican 2017–2021 born 1946
George Washington 707 None/Independent 1789–1797 1732–1799
Thomas Jefferson 284 Democratic-Republican 1801–1809 1743–1826
Theodore Roosevelt 168 Republican 1901-1909 1858-1919
Andrew Jackson 159 Democratic 1829–1837 1767–1845
James Madison 136 Democratic-Republican 1809–1817 1751–1836
Lyndon B. Johnson 131 Democratic 1963–1969 1908–1973
Herbert Hoover 100 Republican 1929–1933 1874–1964
Bill Clinton 90 Democratic 1993–2001 born 1946
Franklin D. Roosevelt 79 Democratic 1933–1945 1882–1945
John Tyler 68 Whig   / None 1841–1845 1790–1862
Barack Obama 48 Democratic 2009–2017 born 1961
George W. Bush 47 Republican 2001–2009 born 1946
James Monroe 36 Democratic-Republican 1817–1825 1758–1831
Martin Van Buren 34 Democratic 1837–1841 1782–1862
Grover Cleveland 33 Democratic 1885–1889
1893–1897
1837–1908
George H. W. Bush 31 Republican 1989–1993 1924–2018
John Quincy Adams 27 Democratic-Republican 1825–1829 1767–1848
John Adams 25 Federalist 1797–1801 1735–1826
Richard Nixon 20 Republican 1969–1974 1913–1994
Ronald Reagan 16 Republican 1981–1989 1911–2004
James K. Polk 13 Democratic 1845–1849 1795–1849
John F. Kennedy 10 Democratic 1961–1963 1917–1963
Dwight D. Eisenhower 10 Republican 1953–1961 1890–1969
Joe Biden 10 [18] Democratic 2021–present born 1942
Gerald Ford 9 Republican 1974–1977 1913–2006
Jimmy Carter 9 Democratic 1977–1981 born 1924
Zachary Taylor 8 Whig 1849–1850 1784–1850
William Henry Harrison 7 Whig 1841 1773–1841
Benjamin Harrison 7 Republican 1889–1893 1833–1901
Millard Fillmore 5 Whig 1850–1853 1800–1874
Rutherford B. Hayes 3 Republican 1877–1881 1822–1893
William Howard Taft 3 Republican 1909–1913 1857–1930
Franklin Pierce 2 Democratic 1853–1857 1804–1869
William McKinley 1 Republican 1897–1901 1843–1901
Warren G. Harding 1 Republican 1921–1923 1865–1923
James Buchanan <1 Democratic 1857–1861 1791–1868
Abraham Lincoln <1 Republican   /   National Union 1861–1865 1809–1865
Andrew Johnson <1 National Union   /   Democratic 1865–1869 1808–1875
Ulysses S. Grant <1 Republican 1869–1877 1822–1885
James A. Garfield <1 Republican 1881 1831–1881
Chester A. Arthur <1 Republican 1881–1885 1829–1886
Woodrow Wilson <1 Democratic 1913–1921 1856–1924
Calvin Coolidge <1 Republican 1923–1929 1872–1933
Harry S. Truman <1 Democratic 1945–1953 1884–1972
List of presidents of the United States by net worth - Wikipedia
Kinda hard to feel sorry for Trump...
 
 
 
George
Freshman Guide
2.5.6  George  replied to  Split Personality @2.5.5    2 weeks ago

Sigh….not worth the effort.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.5.7  Vic Eldred  replied to  Split Personality @2.5.5    one week ago

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Tessylo
Professor Principal
3  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

That's too bad.  A smart and wonderful and capable woman leaving the position.  I hope they're able to find someone similar.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @3    2 weeks ago
A smart and wonderful and capable woman leaving the position.

How dare she!

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1    2 weeks ago

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Just Jim NC TttH
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3.1.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.1    2 weeks ago
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Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.3  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.1.2    2 weeks ago

See 3.1.1

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Professor Principal
3.1.4  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.3    2 weeks ago

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Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.5  Tessylo  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @3.1.4    2 weeks ago

See 2.2.14.

Also, remember?

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
3.1.6  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1    2 weeks ago

Jacinda Ardern has had her fair share of controversy in New Zealand as a self described progressive liberal Labour Party member in the spectrum of politics in New Zealand. I have friends in New Zealand who believe she got too high up too fast.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1.7  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @3.1.6    one week ago

She enacted what some might consider a hash covid policy

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.8  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.7    one week ago

A sane and sensible policy.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1.9  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.8    one week ago

Do you consider her to be non-political?

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
3.1.10  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.9    one week ago

One does not get elected/appointed to be prime minister of any country without being highly political.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1.11  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @3.1.10    one week ago

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Ed-NavDoc
Professor Quiet
3.1.12  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.11    one week ago

removed for context

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
4  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

That's too bad.  A smart and wonderful and capable woman leaving the position.  I hope they're able to find someone similar.  

 
 
 
Snuffy
PhD Guide
5  Snuffy    2 weeks ago

Of course this would have nothing to do with political issues such as her losing popular support and the failing support for the Labour party...

Support for Ms Ardern is down to 29 per cent, marking her worst approval rating since coming into office in 2017, and slowly bridging the gap for Nationals leader Christopher Luxon as preferred prime minister.

The latest 1News/Kantar poll also revealed the Labour Party has dropped one per cent to a 33 per cent primary vote, behind the National Party - Labour's main opposition - which now leads on 38 per cent.

It comes amid increased support for other minor parties with ACT up to 11 per cent and New Zealand First rising to four per cent, while the Greens hold a steady nine per cent of the vote.

The results put Ms Ardern’s government at risk of losing majority at next year’s election with the Nationals and ACT now projected to secure 64 MPs, more than the 61 required.

She may be smart enough to realize that as the current leader she's the lightening rod and by her resigning now gives her Labour party on opportunity to bring up someone new who might energize the polls and allow the Lobour Party to remain in control.  

Might be nice to hear the opinion from someone who actually lives in NZ on this.

 
 
 
shona1
Junior Participates
5.1  shona1  replied to  Snuffy @5    2 weeks ago

Morning snuffles...like many countries NZ has its economic, racial and political woes...

And unfortunately there are no up and coming stars over there as it is here..I was talking to my Kiwi friends and they said the same...who do you pick out of that motley mob of replacements..

Ardern is a decent and caring leader, has her countries interests at heart and I think one of the few PM's that has left a decent mark on NZ political history..

We have our dust ups with the Kiwis but at the end of the day they are not to bad of a mob across the ditch....

 
 
 
Snuffy
PhD Guide
5.1.1  Snuffy  replied to  shona1 @5.1    2 weeks ago

Thanks Shona.   Yeah, in reading about the decline in popularity I thought it might be a case of her realizing she just can't help keep her party in the lead so she is dropping out to give them a chance to find a better candidate who would be more popular.  No up and coming stars,  that's a common issue all over.  

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.1.2  Tessylo  replied to  Snuffy @5.1.1    one week ago

Of course, that's what you might think.

 
 
 
Snuffy
PhD Guide
5.1.3  Snuffy  replied to  Tessylo @5.1.2    one week ago

Rather than be snide you want to explain what you mean.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
6  Tessylo    one week ago

Rather than a decent woman doing what's best for those she represents

 
 
 
Kavika
Professor Principal
7  Kavika     one week ago

Not sure why this is a story since the UK, Isreal, and Italy have had more new governments/PMs in the same time period. In fact, I saw that Italy has had a new government on average every 13 months since the end of WWII.

 
 

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