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Ardern’s premiership “evidence that one cannot govern with good intentions alone.”


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Annabel Denham appears on Politics Live

In the Media

Christopher Snowdon quoted in The Mail

Sam Collins writes in The Spectator

IEA Senior Policy Advisor Sam Collins has written in The Spectator discussing New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s legacy after she announced her departure from office.

Sam wrote:

“Some may argue that she is ‘getting out at the top’. But anyone with serious knowledge of New Zealand politics can recognise the sight of a prime minister getting out before an election they feel they are unable to win.

“She claimed at the time that child poverty was the number one issue facing her government. Yet today, according to the head of KidsCan (one of the biggest child poverty charities in New Zealand), ‘poverty is the worst it’s [ever] been for families’.

“Much like in parts of the UK, this is being driven by skyrocketing housing costs. The average cost of a home in Auckland – New Zealand’s biggest city and economic capital – is now the equivalent of £700,000. In London, a home costs something like 15 times the average salary. In Auckland that ratio is 35 times.”

The full piece can be read here.