One Kiwi Thing: Prime Minister Ardern Wins Big on Progressive Platform

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In New Zealand, the votes from their election over the weekend are tallied and Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern notched a huge victory — the biggest for her Party since 1996.  She received a mandate with the support of a majority in Parliament, and delivered the first 30 seconds of her victory address was in fluent Māori, which is the language of New Zealand’s Indigenous people.  Her popularity was the result of her success in dealing with COVID-19, which resulted from her pro-science approach to the pandemic, according to The Guardian.  Arnern is expected to use this “seismic advantage to pass progressive policy on issues such as climate change…”  Let’s hope the trend continues.

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