Ardern’s key leadership moments
October 17, 2020 - Jacinda Ardern’s first term in office has been challenging but her leadership style under crisis – both decisive and compassionate – has seen her become one of the world’s most prominent leaders.
In a hectic first term, Ardern has faced New Zealand’s worst terror attack, a deadly volcanic eruption, the country’s deepest recession in more than 30 years, and the shared global threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ardern is widely viewed as the antithesis of U.S. president Donald Trump, and has become a source of pride for Kiwis.
Despite her success in handling crises, questions have been asked of her Labour party’s credentials to tackle the looming economic crisis.
Some critics suggest the extraordinary events that have shaped her first term – the pandemic, the Christchurch mosque shootings and the White Island eruption – have masked some shortcomings.
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