Ardern in action as Prime Minister again

Most of New Zealand will probably notice little if any difference, but Jacinda Ardern has resumed her duties as Prime Minister after taking six weeks of maternity leave.

Ardern will have to be careful to keep as much focus on her public role as possible, and keep her private life and baby as private as possible – unless she chooses to play the baby card as a distraction from issues facing the country.

And Ardern has a lot to try and get on top of.

A key cause of concern should be dropping business confidence, and warnings and symptoms that the New Zealand economy may be heading for tougher times.

Ardern’s Government has a number of poorly performing Ministers, so will need to show more leadership, and give some indication she can manage the ship.

Conveniently Winston Peters is disappearing overseas for a while, avoiding any chance of an awkward handover. This week Peters was showing signs that he had had enough of trying to appear like a respectable statesman, slipping back into his habits arrogance, petulance and combativeness.

So it’s now up to Ardern to show that she can focus on leading Government and running the country.

And the media should also focus on the important issues and the conduct of Government without getting dragged down into an obsession with baby stuff. I don’t know if they are capable of getting the balance right here.

Ardern needs to show that leadership is her priority. That could be challenging for her.

We will find out over the next few weeks how she manages being Prime Minister for the country alongside mother for her family.

 

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  1. Ray

     /  August 2, 2018

    Well there was a feeling that we would have wall to wall new baby but that hasn’t entered my bubble, maybe she will have to lift her game and show some real leadership as that chance has flown.
    I reckon Richie and Gemma and no doubt the young royals will over take her in the new baby news, so leadership really is needed not women’s mag. gushing.

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    • Gezza

       /  August 2, 2018

      Well, yes I’ve joked that Ritchie’s & Gemma’s & the Royal’s babies will make Neve yesterday’s news – but I’m pretty sure Neve-related matters will be rolled out regularly on facebook when a distraction is needed.

      Chatting to the middle-aged receptionist while waiting for my dentist to call me in the other day, we briefly touched on politics (dunno how we got there from talking about her hubby, 3 daughters, and one son with Aspergers who was a bit of a handful – probably me).

      We agreed it was bloody hard to pick at this point who to vote for next time because things political seemed pretty chaotic & uncertain, & Labour ridden with dense Ministers.

      I asked did she think she could see herself voting for Simon as PM – “urrrrgh – no!”. Instantly.

      Jacinda? “Well … she’s very popular with young women …. ”

      Then the dentist called me in.

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    • Ray

       /  August 2, 2018

      And now the Speaker (or chief defender) has ruled it will be illegal and lead to banning if the media show the baby, except for staged pictures.
      Can this be real?
      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12099977

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      • Gezza

         /  August 2, 2018

        Sorry. I win. I posted the stuff article about this in Media Watch before you posted this.

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        • It should be Ardern INACTION.

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          • Gezza

             /  August 2, 2018

            Item one on 1ewes at 6. Jess Mutch interviewing her at home as Jacinda tells everyone New Zealanders are looking forward to coming back as a working mum PM and that one day this will be norm.

            Jess Mutch needs to do something about that cheap-looking reddish hair colour. It looks bloody awful, especially along the part. She should’ve stuck with the blonde dye or gone with her natural colour.

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            • Gezza

               /  August 2, 2018

              *her coming back

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 2, 2018

              Looking forward to …. ?

              Spare me, is there no end to her self-importance and self-delusion ?

            • Gezza

               /  August 2, 2018

              Words to that general effect, not a quote. I can’t be bothered looking at it again to break it down into quotes. Comments about focus being on nappies & feeds the last few weeks like any mum will know but aware all the time of the awesome responsibility of her job, looking forward to coming back n leading the govt stuff.

            • Gezza

               /  August 2, 2018

              Re: Jess. It’s the eyebrows, I’ve realised. Weird how natural colour dark eyebrows works fine with bottle blonde locks. But for some reason dark brown eyebrows with reddy-coloured hair just looks horribly wrong.
              It’s hard to take her seriously when her hair looks like some teenager’s first home-dye disaster.

            • Blazer

               /  August 2, 2018

              hard to take someone seriously indeed…


              It’s hard to take her seriously when her hair looks like some teenager’s first home-dye disaster.’


              Jess Mutch needs to do something about that cheap-looking reddish hair colour. It looks bloody awful, especially along the part. ‘

              David Hartnell..rides again!Bol.

            • Gezza

               /  August 2, 2018

              Nah he’s a poof. I’m not a poof. I dunno if he ever said much about tv presenters hair.
              Probably best you leave it alone. I don’t think women even like you.

            • Blazer

               /  August 2, 2018

              touchy,touchy..women adore me..well some do.

            • Gezza

               /  August 2, 2018

              Yeah. Right. They really go for bitter guys.

            • Blazer

               /  August 2, 2018

              whats YOUR secret..Casanova?Bol.

            • Gezza

               /  August 2, 2018

              Not being bitter, friendly, couple of secrets.

            • Blazer

               /  August 2, 2018

              heres some advice Gezza..be yourself…you’re a nice guy..people can see you’re trying to pick fights with ..your friends here..you’re too old to reinvent yourself as an antagonistic prick..me it comes..naturally.

            • Gezza

               /  August 2, 2018

              I know. I just like people. Face to face. I’ll chat away to strangers. I make women laugh. That always helps. And I’m upfront & honest & I like other people who are. And I can take criticism if its valid, doesn’t make me want to hit back. And I love it when I’m just honest & pugilistic types think “ooh – dented his ego”. Nah, my ego’s pretty small, really. I’m happy with my lot most of the time. Can be a bit of fun posting things sometimes just to see if I can attract a particular moth I reckon will go for the bait.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 2, 2018

        Belongs here. Is the Speaker protecting the commercial value of the women’s mag baby “exclusives”?

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        • Gezza

           /  August 2, 2018

          Doesn’t matter where it gets posted, I still win.

          Your issue is about the Speaker, anyway.

          I don’t think he is. I think he’s appealing to the female / feminist / progressive vote. He’s still a Labour party creature. That’s soon onvious when you watch Question Time. As bad as Carter.

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  2. David

     /  August 2, 2018

    Have just read Tracy Watkins piece on Arderns return and she seems confused and thinks business confidence slumped when she went on maternity leave and will bounce back tomorrow.
    There are legitimate reasons and workplace relations is a big one as was the daft oil and gas decision which Watkins thinks she may have learned from, well we have just had the Quake tribunal thing set up with no input whatsoever from insurers and misses out onsold properties, the waka jumping bill went to select committee on the basis that no changes would be made so submit in vain.
    With nurses getting 19%, teachers taking a pre emptive strike, IRD and MBIE walking off the job, the coppers and fireman coming down the pipe. Witnessing a new Mum coming back to be a part time PM many employers might have experience of the end of employees maternity leave and have some understanding which might leave them glummer than ever.

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    • Traveller

       /  August 2, 2018

      Ardern’s “return” trumpeted like a triumphant Everest conquering event is bound to fizzle.
      No political reporter can get any mileage out of her “return”, Baby colic for any much more than the first fortnight will tire an audience. There’s limited ways you can couch “multitasking” without boring and pissing off those of us who’ve done it before or are doing it now. I also think that people will start to examine her more on her performance and start to look beyond the veneer of fluff and she’s wrapped herself in.

      She’s just a politician returning to work. She might have been only the second PM in history to give birth in office, but it’s by the grace of the largesse of a generously supportive remunerative package she could do it.

      The question I want answered is exactly how much of that $60,000 she’s earned sitting at home will she give to Plunket as she promised.

      Wonder what journo willl ask her that question?

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      • Blazer

         /  August 2, 2018

        I wondered when a journo would ask Key exactly how much ‘a portion’ of his salary he donated to charity!
        To no avail…kept the misconception going that he donated the lot.

        Yes Hillary got a knighthood for being the first man to climb Mt Everest…a mean feat considering the worlds population…
        Sir Bill English and Sir John Key,Talley,Myers,…got theirs for um….

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  3. Zedd

     /  August 2, 2018

    hopefully we can get some ‘straight talking’ on Med-cannabis now ?
    Winston was ‘towing the line’ but closer to avoidance, rather than supporting it

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