Former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed her hesitation in accepting a damehood as part of this year's King's Birthday Honours.GNZM: T
Former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed her hesitation in accepting a damehood as part of this year’s King’s Birthday Honours.
GNZM: To be Dame Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
The Right Honourable Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern – For services to the State
She believes her achievements were a collective effort and not solely attributable to her. Ardern, who served as prime minister for nearly six years, feels grateful for the support she received from her family, colleagues, and the New Zealand public. She values authenticity in leadership and believes that New Zealanders appreciate leaders who remain true to themselves. Ardern led the country through challenging times, including the mosque terrorist attacks, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Whakaari/White Island tragedy. While she no longer faces the same stress as before, as she is no longer leading the country, Ardern continues her work with the Christchurch Call and will soon begin studying at Harvard University. She remains committed to serving her home country and making a positive impact.