WELLINGTON, Jan 24 (NNN-XINHUA) – Jacinda Ardern made a de facto farewell speech as New Zealand prime minister today, with the presence of her successor, Chris Hipkins.
The outgoing Labour leader, on her last day as prime minister said, her departure should not be viewed as a negative commentary on New Zealand.
“I have experienced such love, compassion, empathy and kindness, when I’ve been in this job – that has been my predominant experience,” Ardern said, while visiting Ratana with Hipkins.
Ardern said, she is not going anywhere and will still be the Member of Parliament for Mt Albert, but she will be away from the centre of politics.
Travelling with Ardern, Hipkins said, he and Ardern have reflected on the last few years, adding, “it’s a bittersweet moment.”– NNN-XINHUA