Peace prize for Ardern?

Ardern has not just touched the right chord with most New Zealanders her leadership has been recognised around the world.

This has lead to calls to consider her for the Nobel Peace prize, and a petition promoting it.

Nobel Peace Prize for Jacinda Ardern – Prix Nobel de la Paix pour Jacinda Ardern

Following the tragic events of Christchurch and the adequate, open and peaceful response of New Zealand Premier Jacinda Ardern, we wish to propose her as the recipient of the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize.

Suite aux événements tragiques de Christchurch et la réponse adéquate, ouverte et pacifique de Jacinda Ardern, première ministre de la Nouvelle-Zélande, nous souhaitons la proposer comme récipiendaire du prochain Nobel de la Paix.

I generally think that the power of petitions has been greatly diminished due to the easy of staring one – there seems to be a new one every five minutes. They are often little more than PR exercises, contact harvesting campaigns, and activist fodder.

There has only been a modest response to this petition so far – but I think this could have some merit.

This sentiment is shared by others.

Newshub:  Call for Jacinda Ardern to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

The Muslim community is saying she’s been a leader like no other, paying tribute to her at the call to prayer.

Khaled Amlah said: “She is an amazing lady and I think she exceeded everyone’s expectations.”

Tareq Talahma added: “I think it’s how she appeared in an organic way, she didn’t overplay it, she was acting as a human being.”

“We would like to nominate her for a Nobel Prize, she is really a kind of model that we need to follow,” Talahma said.

indy100:  The world is calling for Jacinda Ardern to get the Nobel Peace Prize, here’s 7 reasons why she should

The prize is given to people who have demonstrated exceptional service to the world, and who:

Have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses

Many people feel that Ardern’s actions after the tragedy warrant such an accolade.

Ardern would only qualify in “the best work for fraternity between nations” but could be justified for that.

Should Jacinda Ardern be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize? 

Here are 7 reasons why the answer is YES!

  1. She led the charge on condemning white nationalist terrorism
  2. She redefined the way we should be speaking about tragedy by shifting the global focus from the culprit to the victim
  3. Ardern unequivocally supported New Zealand’s Muslim community following the tragedy in more than just ‘thoughts and prayers’
  4. Her progressive, decisive politics (When a crisis occurred as a direct result of military-grade guns, she took swift action and banned them)
  5. She isn’t afraid to call out big corporations for their part in allowing dangerous content online
  6. Ardern has a political history of inclusiveness
  7. She has a history of speaking out against injustice

There’s no doubt that Ardern set a new standard with the example she set in dealing with the horrific act and it’s aftermath. I have no idea whether what she has done so far might qualify her for a Nobel prize, but they have awarded them for much less (for example Obama).

She must at least be a candidate worthy of consideration.



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  1. David

     /  24th March 2019

    Obama won while fighting 8 wars and droning folk with reckless abandon so sure it makes sense to give it to Ardern. My pick was Dennis Rodman but that could be a slow burner.

    • adamsmith1922

       /  24th March 2019

      From memory I think your comment about Obama is mistaken, he won at, or near, the beginning of his first term – before much of what you assert happened.

      • Duker

         /  24th March 2019

        “The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the award on October 9, 2009, citing Obama’s promotion of nuclear nonproliferation[2] and a “new climate” in international relations fostered by Obama, especially in reaching out to the Muslim world.[3][4]”

        Nominations for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize closed just 11 days after Obama took office. ” They said it was for what he had done in the previous year...
        Jagland said the committee was influenced by a speech Obama gave about Islam in Cairo in June 2009, the president’s efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation and climate change, and Obama’s support for using established international bodies such as the United Nations to pursue foreign policy goals.

        • David

           /  24th March 2019

          Reinforces my opinion that they might as well give it to Ardern, it would be great for our tourism industry. She won the leadership of Labour because everyone else is useless and its pretty hard to see anyone on earth worthy at the moment and its suits the Instagram times we live in so why not.
          I dont think she is a particularly good PM but she has a lot to offer the world/UN so perhaps this would encourage her to put her particular skills somewhere useful and quit politics.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  24th March 2019

            She would make a good Queen. Can we nominate her?

            • Duker

               /  24th March 2019

              Its heredity for that job. The Guelph- Wettin- Windsors have been largely useless, the best one of them who started the line , and just missed out
              by months as she predeceased Queen Anne, was the Electress Sophia, but they got got her son instead.
              The smartest out of the whole lot is prince Charles- that tells you something.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  24th March 2019

              Weeks, not months. I am reading a book about Henrietta Howard, which goes into the history of the times as well as HH. Sophia died 6 weeks before Queen Anne.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  24th March 2019

              The main criteria are that the person has achieved fraternity between nations, abolished or reduced standing armies, promoted peace congresses.

              It would have to be a non-starter on any of those grounds. The people promoting it seem unaware of what it entails.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  24th March 2019

              And the gun laws are not hers alone to change; we do not have a dictatorship here.

            • Duker

               /  24th March 2019

              [deleted] have you even looked in a superficial way at the list of honorees in the last 15 years
              This part list would show you are talking nonsense
              2018-“for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”[
              2014-“for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”
              2011-“for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”
              2008-“for his efforts on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts”
              2006-for advancing economic and social opportunities for the poor, especially women, through their pioneering microcredit work”


              Its really about fitting the person in many instances, as ‘war’ is hard to resolve and ‘peace’ is interpreted very widely.

  2. Blazer

     /  24th March 2019

    Kissinger got one but had the good sense not to go and accept it in…person.

    • Duker

       /  24th March 2019

      His Co-awardee Le Duc Tho went one further and declined it. Kissinger probably didn’t want want to out-shadow Nixon , his boss, as I understand Kissinger was a glutton for these celebrity events.

  3. duperez

     /  24th March 2019

    I can imagine some people thinking the notion a good one. I think pushing it is silly. Asking that you be included in an exclusive club generally means you shouldn’t be even considered. Telling the world that the deeds are significant is not letting the deeds speak for themselves.

  4. NOEL

     /  24th March 2019

    What a prize for enacting the rejected recommendations of the 2017 firearms review?

    • High Flying Duck

       /  24th March 2019

      Or maybe it was for overturning her own decision last year to allow online permitting without the pesky need for face to face meetings with law enforcement:

      “Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern oversaw recent changes which meant gun licence holders did not need to visit police stations when applying for permits for assault rifles, but could instead apply online.

      Previously under the Arms Act, if someone wanted to become a gun dealer, get a firearms licence, import a restricted weapon, or get a permit to buy a MSSA [military style semi-automatic], they had to physically deliver an application to their nearest police station.

      For example, if someone with an E-category endorsement was buying an MSSA, they would have to visit their police station for a permit, show the permit to the seller, and then take the weapon back to police.

      Under the changes, which came in just before Christmas, that process could be done online, and the firearm shown by video call. Police could ask to see the weapon in person if they were not satisfied they had identified it.

      A critic of the change, firearms lawyer Nicholas Taylor, said: “It’s been done for all the wrong reasons – this is exactly an example of the type of problem that’s caused this event [in Christchurch].”

        • Andrew

           /  25th March 2019

          And yet Labour supported Bennett at the time.

          “Labour’s police spokesman Stuart Nash said he believed Bennett had “got it 100 per cent right”, and backed the same recommendations he had come to believe were needed.”

      • Duker

         /  24th March 2019

        That story about the online application was false in that the face to face interview was still required – this was all driven by the Police
        “Clarification: This story has been updated to make it clearer that, despite the change, anyone who wanted access to an MSSA still needed to meet face-to-face with police when applying for their original firearms licence.
        Ardern never ‘oversaw’ it at all, there would be legions of regulations done this way each month. A couple of Ministers would go to the Governor general and a ‘Council meeting’ held where the paperwork would be signed.

        eg these were the ones done at the same time Dec 2018
        Pursuant to the Legislation Act 2012, notice is hereby given of the making of Legislative Instruments as under:

        Land Transport Management Act 2003
        Land Transport Management (Regional Fuel Tax) Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2018

        Waste Minimisation Act 2008
        Waste Minimisation (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulations 2018

        Arms Act 1983
        Arms (Electronic Transactions) Amendment Regulations 2018

        Student Loan Scheme Act 2011
        Student Loan Scheme (Repayment Threshold) Regulations 2018

        New Zealand Business Number Act 2016
        New Zealand Business Number (Primary Business Data) Order 2018

        Commodity Levies Act 1990
        Commodity Levies (Apples and Pears) Order 2018

        Privacy Act 1993
        Privacy (Information Sharing Agreement between Department of Internal Affairs and Registrar-General) Order 2018

        Royal Prerogative
        New Zealand General Service Medal (Afghanistan: Primary Operational Area) Regulations 2018

        Royal Prerogative
        New Zealand General Service Medal (Afghanistan: Secondary Operational Area) Regulations 2018

        Heavy Engineering Research Levy Act 1978
        Heavy Engineering Research Levy Notice 2018

        Remuneration Authority Act 1977, Senior Courts Act 2016, District Court Act 2016, Employment Relations Act 2000, Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 and Coroners Act 2006
        Judicial Salaries and Allowances (2018/19) Determination 2018

        Fisheries (Kaimoana Customary Fishing) Regulations 1998
        Fisheries (Notification of Tāngata Kaitiaki/Tiaki for Area/Rohe Moana of Te Hika o Papauma) Notice 2018

        Legislation Act 2012
        Legislation Act (Publication for International Transparency) Direction 2018

    • Duker

       /  24th March 2019

      2017 rejections ?
      Well Bennett has washed her hands of what she did then, but she rolled over for the fire arms lobby

      it goes a lot further than that- many deatils to come but they just wanted a new category -between general A and restricted E-for semi -automatics which could have a larger magazine fitted.

      I understand that only semi automatics with a small inbuilt magazine will be allowed , and only those involved in pest destruction will be exceptions outside of police , military.

  5. Zedd

     /  24th March 2019

    hang on… I thought that MrT/MrK were the ‘new front-runners’ for creating ‘peace in our time’ on the KOREAN peninsula !??

    Pls forgive an old cynic… 😀 😀 :/

    • Of course my biggest praise, still goes to those: who are trying to end the ‘WAR on DRUGS’ !

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  24th March 2019

        Good point, Zedd. Not sure who you would give it to though. Like any bad law it creates its own vested interests in preserving it and takes a political movement to overturn it, in this case international

        • Zedd

           /  24th March 2019

          ‘Not sure who you would give it to though’ sez AW

          I could suggest a few names:

          Mr Jack Herer (RIP) – my mentor
          Mr Marc Emery – aka ‘Prince of Pot’ (Canada)
          Ms Rose Renton (NZ Med-use advocate)

          BUT yes the list is very long.. :/

      • Duker

         /  24th March 2019

        There was never a war on drugs . Ask those Asain countries who have the death penatly for top level drug crime and equally harsh penalties for lesser activities.

        Drugs is like crime in general every year there is a new cohort of 18 years that havent benefitted from the previous penalties dished out to offenders – Its on going thing , not a brief ‘war’

        The Irish government who took over after the British left were far harsher on their civil war opponents that the Brits were on the Easter Rebellion. Possession of a weapon, and any ammunition meant a court martial and being shot by firing squad, often within days . They shot political prisoners held without trial in main prisons for good measure- wasnt just trigger happy soldiers but that was under government direction.
        Thats war !

  6. Simone

     /  25th March 2019

    Yes ,she deserves peace prize strong leadership!100% Peace prize for Jacinda Ardern.


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