A week in New York: Jacinda Ardern’s diary
International media cooing over Neve, Donald Trump, and a new best buddy — shares her diary of Jacinda Ardern’s big week in New York. MONDAY: Today Show, Peace Summit, Reception There’s a baby in the house. Baby Neve’s appearance in the General Assembly for the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit got a lot of attention — and allayed the concern Ardern was going to go Michael Jackson on us over hiding Neve’s face from the cameras.
Neve’s face has not been visible in any photos released or put on social media by Ardern and Clarke.
Jackson went to great lengths to protect his children’s identities by covering their faces with pieces of cloth when outside.
The snaps did include one rather grumpy-faced Neve which even Ardern later admitted looked startlingly like Winston Churchill. Ardern said it was exactly the same expression the baby put on for her passport photo.
Alas, the New Zealand media missed it. After queuing for hours for media registration, negotiating the morass of security, armed Secret Service personnel, cordons and scanners to watch Ardern speak, they were foiled by a piece of paper.
The media areas are all but empty, but yet another pass is needed to get into them and the bureaucrats had run out because other journalists had not returned them. No pass, no go. We finally get in just as Ardern winds up. This creates some sympathy for US President Donald Trump’s view of the overweening bureaucracy of the UN.
Newstalk ZB’s Barry Soper gets into the mood of things by having what can only be described as a Trumpesque exchange with the bureaucrats and their pieces of paper on the way out. TUESDAY: Amanpour, Trump statement It was all engines go at the UN as the people waited for the US President to deliver his annual statement.
“Not good,” was Donald Trump’s verdict of everything from multilateral trade to Iran.
The same could have been said of the weather outside. It was hosing down, an apocalyptic torrent, appropriate for the speech inside.
Meanwhile, Ardern was busy making new friends.
Move over Justin Trudeau, Ardern may have found a new best buddy. She spent a lot of time with Trudeau at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in April but it was Spain’s new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez she bonded with at the UN.
The 46-year-old is one of the few who has been prime minister for a shorter period than Ardern — he took over in June. Sanchez is head of the Socialist Workers’ Party in Spain and Ardern is a former president of the International Union of Socialist Youth.
Dispatches from the sidelines reported they got along very well. They even swapped numbers. WEDNESDAY: Business Forum, The Late Show Ardern, one of the youngest leaders, is sharing a stage at the Bloomberg Business Forum with the oldest, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who was 92 when he staged a miraculous comeback this year.
Host Fareed Zakaria asks Mahathir at the end of the session what the secret to longevity and a comeback is.
Mahathir replies it involves diet and six hours sleep a night.
Ardern gets a look of horror on her face, and says if following such a regime will ensure she becomes leader again when she is 90 “I don’t want a bar of it”.
She had begun the day with a trade meeting with Canada’s Justin Trudeau and Chile’s Sebastian Pinera. It was all very earnest and worthy, the only real colour provided by Trudeau’s startling socks in a red, white and blue geometric pattern.
There was some amusement when the New Zealand contingent turned up at the next event to discover Clarke Gayford was wearing a pair with the exact same pattern. Quelle horreur.
The risk of Ardern turning up wearing the same thing as another woman leader were very slim indeed, not least because the numbers of other women leaders is very slim.
But Ardern also took the precaution of wearing New Zealand designers: Juliette Hogan, Ingrid Starnes and Kate Sylvester were the picks for New York.
She wore a Juliette Hogan dress later that night, when everyone went to the Ed Sullivan Theatre for the filming of with Stephen Colbert.
There she negotiated her way around a demand to explain the laughter at Trump by her fellow leaders, by describing it as a “spontaneous murmur”.
Ardern should perhaps be thankful she was interviewed by Colbert rather than the warm-up act, Paul Mecurio, who was fastpaced, merciless, rude and very, very funny.
For those watching at home, this is how the audience is instructed to act when the cue to applaud comes: do not clap politely, but to go “cheering . . . howling, spittle flying freely from your mouths, just lose your s***”.
Ardern’s staff presumably took notes for party conferences. THURSDAY: Statement at UN It is Ardern’s big day at the UN but few of her fellow leaders are there to see it because New Zealand is way down the speaking list, and once Trump left so did the crowd. She was up against some competition for an audience — the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into allegations of historic sexual assault by Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was under way. All other eyes were busy parsing Trump’s press conference from the night before. So her first statement to the UN was delivered to a skeleton crew in the chamber, with Neve and Clarke Gayford watching from the sidelines. At least there were no “spontaneous murmurs” or laughs. FRIDAY: Wrapping up Ardern has few engagements, most of her final day in New York is reserved for wrap-up media interviews.
The true public relations value of baby Neve and Ardern’s time on
has become clear. The value was not just in the 4 million who watched the show, but the spin-off news stories afterwards.
But it was Neve who triumphed, the toast of New York. The story of her showing appeared everywhere — major US papers such as the CBS, and the British news websites.
CBS news said that moment “may end up doing more good than all the big political speeches combined”.
And it also paid tribute to Gayford, “quietly breaking down some gender barriers of his own, proudly changing diapers on one of the world’s biggest stages”. A million free lunches have been delivered to hungry schoolchildren, thanks to a booming social enterprise.
Eat My Lunch started out in a home kitchen three years ago, offering people the chance to help someone else out when buying their lunch.
For every lunch bought, the company gives one to a schoolchild who would have gone without.
Eat My Lunch made its millionth free lunch and invited Joseph Parker to do the honours.
Parker said being part of the Petrol to get even dearer Petrol prices have reached record levels this week with many places crossing $2.40 for the first time, and they are about to get even higher. Tomorrow, a 3.5c a litre excise tax will be added nationwide. Including GST, the increase is expected to see 4c a litre added to petrol prices across the country. According to the app initiative and making the millionth lunch was “really special”.
“I was surprised to learn how many kids go to school without lunch. It’s great to know we are making a difference giving Kiwi kids a lunch so they can concentrate on learning rather than how hungry they are,” Parker said.
Fellow ambassadors Claire Chitman, Jamie McDell, Suzy Cato and Shavaughn Ruakere also celebrated the milestone as the company pumped out another 2830 lunches. Gaspy, where users input fuel prices around the country, as of yesterday the national average for 91 octane was $2.282 per litre, diesel $1.605, 95 $2.422, and 98 $2.476. Green thumbs, bare bums Green thumbs will bare their bums for New Zealand’s first Nude Gardening Day next month. The pantless plant lovers will grace their gardens on October 20 as part of National Gardening Week from October 15 to 22.
Each day thousands of kids at 91 schools in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch are fed through the ambassadors.
A recent survey conducted by Eat My Lunch asked teachers and principals what the biggest impact of Eat My Lunch was for the children. The most common response was increased attendance, and a reduction in the shame or stigma of coming to school without lunch.
“Eat My Lunch has allowed us to support parents in getting our children to school and our children have assurance they will Along with keeping their nipples away from nettles and their arse off the cutty grass, Kiwi gardeners are hoping for more accommodating weather to support them in their altogethers. NZ Naturist Federation president Donna Miller said they made the decision to move away from the World Naked Gardening Day, held in the first week of May, as Kiwi nudists were chillingly unimpressed. “It might be great in the Northern Hemisphere but New Zealand’s autumn temperatures are not conducive to getting your have lunch and no longer be hungry in class. It has also exposed them to different foods they would not have otherwise eaten,” Te Papapa School principal Robyn Curry said.
King said it was an exciting milestone to reach.
“It’s really fantastic to reach that.
“We couldn’t have done it without the support of all those great people and companies who buy our lunches, our incredible staff and the hundreds of volunteers who help make our lunches.” gear off,” she said. Wife’s tribute to skier The wife of an American skier who died on Mt Aspiring says she feels lucky to have shared “so much love” with him. David Dec, 35, died last Saturday when he fell while skiing down the mountain where he landed on the Bonar Glacier. His body was later recovered by Wanaka Search and Rescue volunteers and an Aspiring Helicopters crew. Dec’s death has been referred to the coroner.
Joseph Parker joined Eat My Lunch co-founders Michael Meredith and Lisa King to celebrate making the millionth free lunch yesterday morning.
Baby Neve was the toast of New York.