Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern needs to convince business leaders that New Zealand is moving in the right direction.Photo / Dean Purcell
Yesterday, when I read a compliment to Jacinda Ardern in Fortune magazine, I remembered the Bible’s words, “No one is a prophet in my country.”
At that time, Ardern’s leadership was
Fortune topped her list of the best leaders in the world in 2021. The Prime Minister is working hard to maintain trust in the business world.
Ardern usually has a solid foot.
She has a great political nose, and PR has an even bigger nose — including herself.
But just days after Grant Robertson’s May 20 budget, her government went too far on what was widely interpreted as a salary freeze for civil servants, and plans to impose inaccuracies in the Prime Minister’s view. I did.
Semantics are working here.
But in conclusion, both Robertson and the Prime Minister have since returned to the initiative.
Robertson argues that the restrictions did not result in a wage freeze. Some companies saw this issue as a convenient smoke screen for the introduction of an ongoing unpopular fair wage agreement.
The Finance Minister had to express his regrets. He undoubtedly wants the cabinet’s clear policy to stay in place, rather than suffering from more political embarrassment with a nasty look.
This was a topic at the Business NZ luncheon addressed by the Prime Minister in Auckland on Thursday. Ardern was her confident self. But other ministers, especially Robertson, looked very embarrassed as journalists focused on Ardern’s plans to lead a serious fraud investigation agency’s decision on Labor donations and a trade promotion trip to Australia.
Ardern’s speech to the same audience at a dinner earlier this year was badly bombed. Then she showed the unfortunate element of victory as to how well New Zealand has survived the Covid storm so far.
Companies wanted to hear more specific plans related to the deployment of vaccines that could bring more investors and skilled professionals across national borders, and the government to further open the country. It was an insight into the strategy of. The status of the kingdom of the hermitage of Zeland remained.
So it was a skeptical audience that faced her on Thursday.
Some of the people I talked to later were enthusiastic about the government moving to the next stage of its strategy to reconnect with the world as vaccinations were strengthened. But that was alleviated by Ardern’s approval that vaccines could be dangerously low before the July surge.
Ardern reaffirmed her stance on vaccination at Auckland Unlimited’s “Future of Auckland, Now” conference yesterday. The bright side is that on Monday, immigration minister Kris Faafoi shared the government’s plans to ease policy, saying, “We are ready to offer, invest in, and offer a wealth of offers to New Zealand in terms of business opportunities. It was to flag “people who are made”. The resulting employment opportunity “is possible.
This was the only and most important issue that was repeatedly raised throughout Auckland Unlimited’s first future-focused conference last August. While maintaining public health and progress in eradicating the country, it will take people across borders to make an immediate contribution to the investment in getting Auckland citizens to work.
Auckland Unlimited shared with the Prime Minister many examples from leaders on investments lost in other countries due to the Prime Minister’s inability to enter New Zealand.
“The private sector has been united in the need to develop a more sustainable border model that meets the required health standards,” Auckland Unlimited wrote in his aide’s memoirs. “It is not an open border, but a border system that drives the largest city and economic engine in the country.”
Ardern’s international heritage is already guaranteed.
As Fortune wrote, “Jacinda Ardern is already a great leader early in the Premier League in New Zealand by empathizing with her country through the aftermath of a terrorist attack and a deadly eruption of a volcano. After that, Covid-19 Pandemic Ardern aimed not only to suppress the virus, but also to completely eliminate it. There were some fears, but her strategy was Mostly successful. In New Zealand, a country with a population of nearly 5 million, less than 2700 cases were seen. 26 deaths. “
The magazine was promoted by her star power, her candid stories, and the fact that her government’s strict restrictions on overseas travel allowed her to continue a relatively normal life within the New Zealand border. Mentioned the resulting reelection of landslides.
Now she is under pressure to move on to the next and higher risk phase.
As former Prime Minister Chief Science Advisor Professor Peter Gluckman warned at the Auckland Conference, “Many Asian countries are now actively seeking their talents. Our Covid-free position was advantageous. But it’s disappearing. “
Others, including Australia’s Angely, have pointed out a competitive threat to New Zealand’s employment as Australia accelerates its economy again.
Former New Zealand Prime Minister has faced such challenges before.
The halo effect they experience by leading offshore missions and officially visiting foreign capitals to meet world leaders tends to uplift their spirits.
Unfortunately, the first questions raised by the travel media usually focus on the latest New Zealand scandals and dramas.
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