Mandate to accelerate New Zealand recovery, says Jacinda Ardern

World | 17 Oct 2020 11:13 pm

Addressing a rapturous crowd in Auckland, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised to govern for every New Zealander and said the country would come back stronger after the coronavirus crisis, admitting there was much work to do, ABC News Australia reports.

She also said she realized this election had not been a normal one.

"And it's not an ordinary time. It's been full of uncertainty and anxiety and we set out to be an antidote to that.

"As a nation, we needed a plan for recovery and so that is what we created.

"We needed an ongoing health response to the pandemic to keep people safe so that is what we've done.

"And we needed a team focused absolutely and entirely on New Zealand, and Labour absolutely is.

"This is our opportunity to build an economy that works for everyone. To keep creating decent jobs. To upskill and train our people.

"To protect our environment and address our climate challenges. To take on poverty and inequality. To turn all of the uncertainty and hard times into cause for hope and optimism.

"It's an opportunity we have already grabbed."

Ardern added: "Our plan is already in action and already working. But after this result, we have the mandate to accelerate our response and our recovery.

New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, currently has no community cases of coronavirus and has been among only a few nations where people are not required to wear masks or follow social distancing.-Photo: New Zealand Herald


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