Why Jacinda Ardern matters


AUCKLAND (New Zealand) • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been exemplary in her response to the massacre in Christchurch, where 50 Muslims were killed in two mosques by an Australian white supremacist and his accomplices.

Ms Arden provided a frame for national grief by embracing the Muslim immigrant community and by firmly insisting, in a tweet after the attack: "Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities - New Zealand is their home - they are us." She set the tone for the country's response, framed the incident as a terrorist attack and insisted that her country will reject violent extremism.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2019, with the headline 'Why Jacinda Ardern matters'. Subscribe