Ardern named Pacific Person of the Year

Another international accolade – NZ PM Jacinda Ardern named ‘Pacific Person of the Year’

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been named ‘Pacific Person of the Year’ by regional publication Islands Business magazine.

The magazine’s editor Samisoni Pareti said each year his publication attempted to look at the person, people or organisations that had made an impact on the Pacific.

Mr Pareti said Ms Ardern was given the 2019 title because of her work at the Pacific Islands Forum to bring consensus around the issue of climate change.

“It was prime minister Ardern’s skills at negotiation, diplomacy and her charisma… that saved the day for Pacific Island countries, Pacific Island leaders.

“She got, particularly her counterpart across the Tasman Sea, Scott Morrison to come to a middle ground when it comes to a climate change position.”

Mr Pareti said her handling of the Christchurch terror attacks was also commendable.

“That really drew our attention to Prime Minister Ardern and from then on we started watching how she performed, not only in parliament but in her dealings with crisis and her own electorate and country.

Mr Pareti said Ms Ardern had been a breath of fresh air in terms of political leadership in the islands.

“She is a young person, she is a woman, she is a mother. She has got everything that I guess one would wish upon a Pacific Island leader.

I’m not sure why those attributes would be “everything…one would wish upon a Pacific Island leader”. I don’t know of any other Pacific leaders who are as young, or women or mothers

“She listens, she is decisive, and she always tries to bring people together and is not too divisive,” he said.

She certainly appears to listen, especially in times of crisis, and is relatively non-divisive for a politician (in contrast to the deputy PM Winston Peters and MP Shane Jones, whose divisiveness is unchecked by Ardern.

Her degree of decisiveness is debatable, especially in domestic politics.

Previous people named ‘Pacific Person of the Year’ included Fiji Prime Minister Frank Banimarama and the late Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva.

It is only the second time the title has been given to a person of non-Pacific heritage, with former Australian Prime Minister John Howard being a previous recipient of the honour.

Interesting to see Howard was also a recipient.

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31 Comments

  1. adamsmith1922

     /  8th January 2020

    From my perspective this is nonsense,Ardern decisive? Rubbish!

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    • She may have seemed decisive at the Pacific Forum.

      She is not widely seen as decisive here, and not just from opponents from the right. She has criticised from people on the left who are disappointed at her lack of decisiveness and action on a number of issues.

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      • duperez

         /  8th January 2020

        Correct. She should bite the bullet and do what those on the left want. She does have the mandate to do that doesn’t she? Um, looking at who makes up the Government, does she?

        And if she were the type to be decisive and went Trumpian, ploughing ahead, what would the likelihood be that those calling for decisiveness demand checks be put on?

        Apparently with the gun issue there was some immediacy of action and decisiveness. How did that go? Was decisiveness universally applauded? Was universality of acceptance anywhere near possible?

        We want Ardern to be decisive, we want her to do things – as long as they fit with how we think and what we want.

        Striding a greased tightrope over the pond of piranha is a bit of an art. Doing it as those who already have you as dog tucker or shark bait are baying from the sidelines about the speed and style and wanting you to fall is a good challenge. It’s a job I suppose.

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        • Duker

           /  8th January 2020

          Those saying the current government hasnt been ‘decisive’ havent heard of MMP.
          Same for the previous MMP governments.
          Its really misogyny, as women leaders are always attacked on that basis. Compared to Trump indecision , shes a beacon of stability

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  8th January 2020

      It’s not misogyny at all.

      She may be decisive and stable in comparison to Trump, but that’s not saying much.

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  2. lurcher1948

     /  8th January 2020

    I dont think you will see pictures of our decisive PM Jacinda Ardern sitting down with the head of the CCP secret service,who are holding 1000000 in concentration camps,she is far smarter than the right and does the right things,hence her popularity.

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    • Corky

       /  8th January 2020

      Well, Lurchy. Let’s take this apart:

      “She is a young person, she is a woman, she is a mother. She has got everything that I guess one would wish upon a Pacific Island leader.”

      I think the writer also means a person who by dint of personality also encompasses the ”Pacific Way.” That ‘way’ is more about interpersonal relationships…and not the cold hard realities of economics and making unpopular decisions for the good of the country.

      That’s why the Pacific relies on us for economic aid ( but for how much longer?), and hopefully why voters will give this woman the heave-ho at the next election.

      Nothing LEFT to say , Lurchy.

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  3. lurcher1948

     /  8th January 2020

    As i said she didn’t sit down with someone whose compared to Himmler and grovei,shes far smarter than that, Nothing left to say she does the RIGHT things.

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    • Corky

       /  8th January 2020

      Come now, Lurchy. Or should that be Comrade Lurchy?😉

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      • lurcher1948

         /  8th January 2020

        No one cares Corky as it was an international socialist conference about 18 years ago and open about it, but NZ will wonder how much money was given to Bridges and the national party AND FOR WHAT,then the fool praised the communists, Comrade Simon Bridges possible CCP pawn
        PS im reading the book”Whale Oil”and wouldn’t use anything from Slater as a matter of principle

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        • Duker

           /  8th January 2020

          We are all still looking for the Skellerup Young Farmer award that Bill English claimed to have won in his early years in parliament… after leaving his job as a public servant at Treasury. Its was all part of the ‘fake farmer’ persona he created when he was really a townie by that stage of his life. he oubled down on it for the Double Dipton saga

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          • Corky

             /  8th January 2020

            Old news,Duker. He wasn’t popular in the region he originally came from.

            I’m interested in this claim he was a SYF award recipient. Please tell me more.

            I thought a better line of attack would have been his Catholic belief. Lefties hate religion and the thought there may be a God who supersedes them as the centre of the universe.

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            • Duker

               /  8th January 2020

              I found it on an archive web site of national party biographical stuff from early 90s ?
              It was something about a ‘regional’ winner ? More interesting was that he dropped it . Was he inflating his CV even then. He grew up on a farm but was off to boarding school and university
              Then so did Clark and Ardern, but only one turned it into it into a ‘this is who I am ‘ feature. Being a treasury bureaucrat in the National party back then wouldnt win the nomination.

        • Corky

           /  8th January 2020

          Not bad, Lurchy. I’m in a generous mood after monstering a doughy jam filled raspberry bun ( organic of course). I will just downtick you for a very weak deflecting response.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  8th January 2020

          Lurch, it was 2017, not 2002.

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  4. Blazer

     /  8th January 2020

    interpersonal relationships!!

    from the Stuff article:
    ‘Some of those who bought land that was formerly Crown leases include Peter Thiel, Graham Hart, and Sir John Key. Some of the most expensive properties advertised for sale in New Zealand are on former pastoral leases.
    In numerous cases, land that was privatised by the Crown for significantly less than market value was quickly on-sold for enormous profits.
    This land was sold to private investors, buy our government, for a fraction of its value.
    This was a real, tangible example of immoral wealth transfer by successive liberal governments starting with the fourth National government. Taking something that could have belonged to all of us, and giving it to a handful of individuals who made enormous amounts of profit from it. Destroying our wetlands and our high country.
    For the profit of a few individuals.
    Including foreign billionaires and our former PM.’

    Ardern is Snow White compared to that venal mob prior.

    Key was decisive …pushed through high country legislation as a priority in the first term.

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    • Duker

       /  8th January 2020

      In Keys first term their allies the ACT party split asunder as they didnt feel Key and National was decisive enough exploiting the GFC to have massive cuts in government expenditure .
      National too had a Tax Working Group come up with recommendations of land taxes and increase the GST . They were rejected at the time, but the GST increase did come in later after breaking a pre election promise.

      Right up to the time Key retired he was showing his indeciveness with the Kermadec Sanctuary which he announced the UN in New York, indroduced legislation which had support of Greens to pass, but he shelved the legislation anyway when the 2 person Maori party vowed utu if it was passed over their opposition. Key was decisive in folding like a deck chair on that

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  5. Zedd

     /  8th January 2020

    ‘Go Jacinda.. KIA KAHA’ 🙂

    yet.. another large feather in her cap !

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    • Corky

       /  8th January 2020

      Big feathers, small cap. An optical illusion for the fawning. Let’s see what those feathers amount to when voters hit the voting booth.

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  6. Corky

     /  8th January 2020

    I seem to have antagonised the HIVE. Drones are always at their masters Beck and call .🤔

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  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  8th January 2020

    Who cares?

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    • Blazer

       /  8th January 2020

      you don’t care for facts you do not like…

      ‘Some of those who bought land that was formerly Crown leases include Peter Thiel, Graham Hart, and Sir John Key

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  8th January 2020

        No doubt that was excellent for those who sold the land.

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        • Blazer

           /  8th January 2020

          well that would be the taxpayers…..stiffed again Al.

          Nothing like crony capitalism.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  8th January 2020

            Except it wasn’t.

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            • Blazer

               /  8th January 2020

              Crown land Al.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  8th January 2020

              When and what exactly did they buy? Thiel bought a farm that was previously sold in 2003 so obviously wasn’t Crown Land.

            • Blazer

               /  9th January 2020

              ‘Some of those who bought land that was formerly Crown leases include Peter Thiel, Graham Hart, and Sir John Key

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  9th January 2020

              So you are spouting crap as usual, B.

            • Blazer

               /  9th January 2020

              The only one spouting crap is you Al(as usual).
              I informed you the Key Govt had the time to change high country pastoral lease legislation and stated Key owned one now.

              You replied GARBAGE.

              Now you are trying to divert…you have N.F.I.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  9th January 2020

              You complaining about diversion is really rich, B. You tried to imply Key and Thiel changed the lease options for their personal benefit and when challenged for proper evidence it is revealed as b.s. As usual.

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