NZ jew­eller en­joys the Ardern ef­fect

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Many African mi­grants come to New Zealand as qual­i­fied pro­fes­sion­als but can only get un­skilled work. Read Har­ri­son Chris­tian’s full story on SHOES might maketh the man, but it seems ear­rings can be pretty use­ful when you’re a prime min­is­ter.

On her trip to Europe for the Com­mon­wealth Heads of State meet­ing, Jacinda Ardern caused a fash­ion stir when she wore a Maori cloak to din­ner at Buck­ing­ham Palace – but now it seems her fan­club is even pay­ing at­ten­tion to the PM’s ac­ces­sories.

At the royal ban­quet where she gave a toast, she was snapped wear­ing Kiwi jew­eller Mead­owlark’s gold leaf-like de­sign Vita Ear­rings – val­ued at a cool $3079 – and at other meet­ings she wore the com­pany’s Vita Drop Ear­rings, which fea­ture a pearl dan­gling from a gold fan and cost more than $1300.

And a spokesper­son from the com­pany said Ardern’s royal en­gage­ments had led to a spike in their sales.

‘‘Any time Mead­owlark is worn by a strong fe­male role model, or a leader in her field, is a spe­cial day for us,’’ she said.

The of­fi­cial Royal Fam­ily Twit­ter ac­count tweeted four pho­tos of Ardern dur­ing the meet­ings, the most pho­tos of any leader at the diplo­matic fo­rum, and two more than her Bri­tish coun­ter­part Theresa May.

De­spite hav­ing a doc­tor­ate, Michael Macdeba did not get a sin­gle in­ter­view af­ter ap­ply­ing for 500 jobs in en­gi­neer­ing. He works as a se­cu­rity guard. ABI­GAIL DOUGHERTY/ STUFF

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