Jacinda Ardern becomes a dame as New Zealand honors her service during shooting. Former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received. New Zealand’s highest honor on Monday for leading. The country through a mass shooting and pandemic.
Ardern was made Dame Grand Companion New Zealand’s second highest honour
As part of King Charles III’s birthday honours. This means people will now call her Dame Jacinda.
Royal Honorees are usually chosen twice a year. By the Prime Minister in New Zealand and signed by the British King Charles. Who is also recognized as the King of New Zealand.
Ardern was 37 when she became prime minister in 2017, and was seen as a global icon of the left.
He shocked New Zealanders in January. When he said he was stepping down as leader. After more than five years because he didn’t have “enough in the tank” to do justice.
He faced mounting political pressure at home. Including his handling of Covid-19, which was praised. But later criticized by opponents of the order and rule. Jacinda Ardern becomes a dame as New Zealand honors her service during shooting.
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins, who succeeded Ardern. Said she was being recognized for her service during. Some of the greatest challenges our country faces in modern times”.
“New Zealand’s response to the 2019 terrorist attacks. And the COVID-19 pandemic represents. A time of intense challenge for our 40th Prime Minister. During which I have seen firsthand.
That her commitment to New Zealand remains unwavering Hipkins said in a statement
In 2019, white supremacist gunmen attacked. Two mosques in Christchurch, killing 51 Muslim worshipers during Friday prayers.
Within weeks of the attack, Ardern introduced. Major changes to New Zealand’s gun laws, banning assault weapons. More than 50,000 guns were turned over to the police during thenextt buyback scheme.
Ardern said she was hesitant to accept the award. Because most of the experiences she was recognized. For were collective of all New Zealanders.
“So for me it’s about my family, my colleagues. And all the people who supported me to do this rewarding job,” he told 1News.
Ardern will join Harvard University on a temporary basis later. This year after being appointed to a dual fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School. He has taken on an unpaid role to fight online extremism.
Also recognized in the King’s Birthday Honors list was rugby coach Wayne Smith. Who helped lead both the men’s and women’s. Rugby teams representing New Zealand to World Cup victories.
In keeping with tradition, Britain’s Queen Camilla was given the top award by appointment to the Order of New Zealand.