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Dumped by New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern Still Pushing Climate Action • Watts Up With That?

Essay by Eric Worrall

The destroyer of the New Zealand economy gifting her talents to the world.

Ex-NZ leader Jacinda Ardern joins conservation group

By Nick Perry (associated Press)
Updated November 6 2023 – 4:05pm, first published 4:02pm

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will work with the Conservation International group to advocate for climate action and better treatment of the environment.

Conservation International said Ardern has become its sixth Arnhold Distinguished Fellow and will serve a two-year term to advocate internationally, especially on issues affecting the Pacific and Antarctica. The group said the role was considered part-time and came with a stipend.

“From the beginning of my time in the New Zealand parliament, I’ve advocated for global climate action,” Ardern said in a statement. “My passion and sense of urgency on this issue has only increased over the last 15 years, especially as I witnessed firsthand the impact of climate change in our region.”

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OK technically Ardern wasn’t dumped, she jumped ship just before her party endured a crushing defeat.

Ardern’s gift to the New Zealand economy;

New Zealand is officially in a recession. These charts show how Australia compares

By Emily Clark

Posted Fri 16 Jun 2023 at 3:58amFriday 16 Jun 2023 at 3:58am, updated Fri 16 Jun 2023 at 5:54am

New Zealand is now in a recession as official data shows the economy has contracted over two consecutive quarters. 

On Thursday, Stats NZ released its gross domestic product (GDP) data for the first quarter of this year and the direction had not changed since December. 

At the end of last year, GDP was down 0.7 per cent in New Zealand.

In quarter one of this year, it fell 0.1 per cent. 

The figure is small, but there are other indicators that signal New Zealand is likely now in a period of economic contraction that will last longer than six months. 

The last time the country had two consecutive quarters of negative growth — the technical threshold for a recession — its international borders were closed and the world was in the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Of course, the official government line is there is no recession and the NZ economy is growing – which explains why voters were so deliriously happy with Ardern’s handling of the economy, her party got obliterated at the ballot box.

Oh yes, that Covid lockdown which so disrupted the New Zealand economy, that was also Ardern’s fault – one of the most extreme Covid lockdowns in the Western world.

Ardern has a plan to deal with those who impede her glorious vision for society with their criticism, as she explained in a speech which linked climate skepticism to gun violence.

My question to readers, which I posed at last year’s Aussie CPAC – how will we all benefit, when Jacinda Ardern is UN Secretary General? Because with someone like her, there is a real chance it could happen.


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