New Zealand’s prime minister elect Jacinda Ardern has laid out her priorities for the country – saying she plans to urgently address climate change – tackle inequality and improving women’s lives in the home and workplace.
On Thursday NZ First leader Winston Peters threw his support behind Ardern’s Labour party – allowing them to form a coalition government with a slim majority.
Like the rest of New Zealand Ardern was left in the dark before the announcement by Peters.
On Friday Ardern described the moment she realised she would become prime minister – when Peters started talking about all New Zealanders sharing in the nation’s wealth.
‘It was during Mr Peters opening remarks and comments that I really got a sense of that shared common ground – particularly that comment about all New Zealanders benefitting from economic prosperity – that was the moment I thought ‘he’s going with us’ Ardern told RNZ.
‘We have found allies in this parliament who wish to join with us in building a fairer New Zealand Ardern told her caucus on Friday afternoon – where she was welcomed with applause – kisses and hugs.
‘A country where our environment is protected – where we look after the most vulnerable – where we support our families – where we make sure people have the most basic of needs – like a roof over their head’.