Former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has received one of New Zealand’s highest honours, making her a former prime minister for her service to the country during the Covid-19 pandemic and the Christchurch terror attack. the watchman.
On accepting the honour, Ms Ardern said she felt conflicted about doing so. “I was in two minds about accepting this recognition. A lot of what we’ve gone through as a nation in the last five years has been about all of us rather than just one person,” she said.
She added, “But I’ve heard many Kiwis I’ve encouraged over the years accept an honour. So for me it’s a way of saying thank you – to my family, my colleagues and the people who have supported me to take on the most challenging and rewarding role of my life.”
Ms Ardern was named “Dame Grand Companion”, New Zealand’s second-highest honour, Reuters reported.
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said Ms Ardern was being recognized for her service to some of the biggest challenges New Zealand had faced in modern times.
“New Zealand’s response to the 2019 terrorist attacks and the COVID-19 pandemic represents a period of great challenge for our 40th Prime Minister, during which I have seen firsthand that her commitment to New Zealand remains absolute,” Hipkins said.
Ms Ardern, who became prime minister in 2017, resigned in January in a shock announcement that she was “no longer in the tank” to lead New Zealand.