Grateful Ardern makes last bow as New Zealand PM


Outgoing New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she is grateful for her time in office and would ‘hate’ to see her departure reflect negatively on the country. – AFP pic, January 24, 2023.

NEW Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today she was grateful for her time in office, insisting that a sustained barrage of online abuse was not the reason for her shock resignation.

The 42-year-old said last week she no longer had “enough in the tank” after a turbulent five years, during which she steered the country through natural disasters, its worst-ever terror attack and the Covid-19 pandemic.


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