New Zealand’s victorious Ardern vows to deliver reform

WELLINGTON ( (HRNW)) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed Sunday to “crack on” with delivering her vision following a landslide election victory, after a string of disasters frustrated reform in her first term.

Ardern won a historic outright majority in Saturday’s poll — the first since New Zealand adopted proportional voting in 1996 — allowing her to implement policies without support from minor parties.

After facing criticism since winning office in 2017 for not delivering on key promises such as protecting the environment and reducing child poverty, Ardern said she now had a mandate for change.

The charismatic leader said the scale of the victory, Labour’s biggest since 1946, meant more voters were backing her centre-left party and its reformist agenda.


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