A week in New York: Jacinda Ardern’s di­ary

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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.

Photo / Sup­plied

Joseph Parker joined Eat My Lunch co-founders Michael Mered­ith and Lisa King to cel­e­brate mak­ing the mil­lionth free lunch yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Photo / AFP

Baby Neve was the toast of New York.

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