Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern: the face of sincere and compassionate leadership in times of crisis

I wish an American leader can say "they are us". I might want to move to NZ
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CRIMSON TAZVINZWA||The 38-year-old prime minister has been tested like no other New Zealand leader before by the worst terrorism attack in the nation’s modern history

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern receives a hug from a student during her visit to Cashmere high school which lost two students during Friday’s mass shooting in Christchurch. Photograph: Kai Schwörer/Getty Images
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern receives a hug from a student during her visit to Cashmere high school which lost two students during Friday’s mass shooting in Christchurch. Photograph: Kai Schwörer/Getty Images

Walking hand in hand with those affected, Ardern’s focus was on grieving and commiserating with the affected community. The alleged killer Brenton Tarrant was not representative of New Zealanders’ values and beliefs, she said. Quite simply he was: “Not us”.


Everyone in New Zealand and internationally is reading the same stories I read. And my response is no different. Yes, I have a role I need to play. I feel the grief, I hear the grief. But I also have a duty of care to the people involved in this to also keep going. And so if the imam who stood at the front of a mosque and saw firsthand the loss of his worshippers in front of him can keep going, then I definitely can.


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern

“The everyday discourse in New Zealand since the attacks hasn’t been one of hate and anger, it’s been we can do this, we can heal, we can come through this,” says Professor Jennifer Curtin, director of the Public Policy Institute at Auckland University.

Everyone in New Zealand and internationally is reading the same stories I read. And my response is no different. Yes, I have a role I need to play. I feel the grief, I hear the grief. But I also have a duty of care to the people involved in this to also keep going. And so if the imam who stood at the front of a mosque and saw firsthand the loss of his worshippers in front of him can keep going, then I definitely can.
Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern is a New Zealand politician serving as the 40th and current Prime Minister of New Zealand

“She has shown a quiet, strong leadership, and been very focused on looking after the people who are most affected straight away. The killer has barely been mentioned.”

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