Leaders around the world – from Boris Johnson to the Dalai Lama – have praised her for her compassion and action on climate change.
As Ardern returned directly to his post – meeting his senior MPs for a coffee – tens of thousands of New Zealanders traveled to Eden Park in Auckland to attend the second Bledisloe Cup, further highlighting the country’s many freedoms and freedoms. at a time when cases in Europe and the United States are skyrocketing and lockdowns are reestablishing. A new local case of Covid emerged in Auckland on Sunday, however, ending the country’s three-week streak.But on Sunday, the prime minister said she would take two to three weeks to formally form the government, after talks with potential coalition partners. Ardern said she had informed the Governor General that she would be able to form a government soon.
“We are going to move very quickly with our agenda, we clearly have a mandate from New Zealand,” Ardern said. “I have been a consensus builder, but I also have to work with the strong mandate that has been given to Labor.
Ardern said new talent entering the Labor caucus included general practitioners, a midwife and an infectious disease expert, which would inform his decision on taking over the crucial health portfolio.
Her opponent, National Party Leader Judith Collins, said Sunday morning that she would continue to lead the party, but it is not yet known whether her caucus will support her after such a resounding loss.
Ardern will contact many untested Labor candidates who were elected, including a former music teacher and church leader in Hamilton, a midwife in Christchurch and a longtime foster parent and youth advocate in New Plymouth.
Green Party co-leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson confirmed they spoke to Ardern. The party won 10 seats in parliament – two more than in previous elections – and is hoping to be invited to join its government – pushing it further to the left.
While the Labor Party could rule on its own, Shaw is confident that the Greens will be included to benefit from the specific experience of their ministers, strengthen the majority of the new government and build their partnership for the future, and an even more progressive government. down the line.
“We want to win again in 2023,” Shaw told The Guardian. “We’re stronger at the end of our first term in government than we were at the beginning,” said Shaw. “We defied all odds. We wrote history.
Green supporter Suzanne Kendrick said the new government was filled with “young, dynamic and interesting people.” “It’s time to move on from middle-aged people trying to hold on to the past,” Kendrick said, a claim Ardern also laid at Collins ‘feet during leaders’ debates. “And this is a victory for the whole world, for liberal democracy, for those who believe in this kind of government and in the environment too.”
Ardern’s victory was hailed around the world, with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeting he was eager to work with her on ‘climate change issues’.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he and Ardern shared a vision for “an inclusive, fairer and greener future”.
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau said he looked forward to working with Ardern “to fight climate change, empower women and girls around the world, [and] ensure equitable distribution of vaccines ”.
The Dalai Lama also sent warm words of praise and congratulations. “I admire the courage, wisdom and leadership [of Jacinda Ardern], along with the calmness, compassion and respect for others, she has shown in these difficult times.
“Science and clear communication around Covid-19 won the day against deception and fake news – people clearly saw how the government looked after us,” said Christine, a Labor supporter.
“I think people are really grateful for the way Jacinda has handled Covid; she rules the world. We can live our lives normally with very few restrictions – this is only a blessing. ”
But New Zealand political experts say the Labor leader faces one of the most difficult mandates in modern history and that expectations are now so high that it will be difficult for her not to disappoint voters.
The party is also chock-full of inexperienced new MPs, with only a handful of veterans available to handle important portfolios.
In September, New Zealand officially entered a recession, following multiple lockdowns and closed borders. The tourism industry, construction and horticulture have suffered major shocks, and poverty and the number of benefits are on the rise, with the waiting list for public housing reaching record levels.
Writing for The Guardian, Claire Robinson says the pressure to deliver is high and that after promising transformational change in her first term, Ardern must now deliver.
Peter Wilson, economist, said voters would need more Ardern than Covid action. “Voters thanked Ardern for keeping the country safe from Covid-19. They won’t do it again, ”he said. “The next three years will be spent on economic recovery and how the government is dealing with it, a very different and arguably more difficult challenge.
Many observers have suggested that while Ardern is a sweetheart of the progressive left, her second term will not be defined by as many dramatic changes as promised.
The new government will have a lot to do, but don’t expect large-scale and bold changes, ”writes economist Shambueel Eaqab. “Jacinda Ardern as Prime Minister has been a pragmatic and centrist leader. Fast and bold to act in a crisis, but cautious with large-scale disruption. “