Jacinda at the UN with her infant baby Neve and her stay at home partner Clarke supporting her has done as much to build our image and lead on the global stage as much as universal suffrage, the 40 hour working week and nuclear free has done.
This was a moment of joy, a moment we could all feel proud of ourselves as New Zealanders. We had our Prime Minister, supported in her having a family speak at the UN General Assembly during the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. It was an extraordinary speech and a golden moment where Jacinda as our leader, reset the brand that is New Zealand.
Lange’s ‘Uranium on your breathe’ and our hollow LOTR tourism publicity have been replaced by a modern progressive and inclusive vision where women are not forced to choose family or career, where we support women to have equality in agency and they flourish for that support.
This is a moment where we can share some collective joy in the purpose and identity of us as a people, a culture and a society.
When Western liberal democracy feels denigrated by Trump, Jacinda and her new modern family has provided hope.
If you are genuinely angry at the Prime Minister taking her infant baby to the UN (as the comments sections of most msm newspapers suggest), then perhaps you need some time out, a cup of tea and a lie down because friends don’t let friends hate babies.