Kiwis in no rush to host the Games
NEW Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ruled out her country bidding to host the Commonwealth Games.
Ms Ardern, who is en route to Europe and the UK, is on the Gold Coast for her firstever Commonwealth Games.
Yesterday she caught up with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk at the Rugby Sevens.
She said a possible bid by New Zealand to host the event had been raised with her since she arrived on the Coast.
“Something of that scale (the Games) we don’t have a bid in but we are refreshing our major events look and strategy, and that’s something obviously that will probably be raised along the way, but at the moment, it’s not currently on the table.”
Ms Ardern, who was in the crowd to cheer New Zealand to victory over Australia in the gold medal women’s hockey showdown, said she was delighted to watch the Kiwi hockey team take gold.
“The atmosphere is a real standout,” she said. “Particu- larly reflecting on the athletics last night and the hockey today – and the Rugby Sevens.
“The amount of support from Kiwis here – phenomenal. And you can see the athletes are really buoyed by that.”
Ms Ardern, who is pregnant with her first child, saw Kiwi Dame Valerie Adams – mother of a six-month-old baby – claim s silver in the women’s shotput a at Carrara Stadium on Friday.
“I’m a bit worried that Dame Valerie has set the bar a little bit too high in terms of just how exceptional she has been as an athlete and her recovery post having a child,” Ms Ardern said.
“She was someone who I think makes us all proud.”
POWER PAIR: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ard Ardern with ith P Premier i Annastacia Palaszczuk at Robina for the rugby yesterday.