Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, enjoying her global celebrity status in Australia, has also succeeded in clawing back her poll ratings in New Zealand. According to the Roy Morgan poll, Labour has risen a couple of points to 33.5% while National has edged back a point to 39% since May.
On the Roy Morgan sampling, the Maori Party would hold the balance of power. Given the apparent distaste of that party’s two members in Parliament for parties of the Right, this could ensure Labour has another term .
Ardern brushed off a question on the ABC about her global celebrity status, saying her total focus was at home.
“That is what matters to me”.
Nevertheless her major speech in Australia, to the Lowy Institute, centred on NZ’s foreign policy and traced how far NZ has moved since Labour took office in 2017. Continue reading “PM traces shift in our independent foreign policy under Labour – and rails against ‘morally bankrupt’ United Nations”