Former Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was in “two-minds” about accepting a damehood as part of this year’s King’s Birthday Honours, saying her work in the top job was only possible because of the support of others.
“So many of the things I am being recognised for were things that were a collective experience, that all New Zealand were a part of, and that I never felt came down to one single individual,” she said.
Ardern, who spent nearly six years as prime minister before her shock resignation earlier this year, has received the honour for services to the state.
“Over the years of being involved in the honours process, there have been a number of people that I’ve come across who have felt the same way, who I have convinced to take recognition.
“So for me this is about my family, my colleagues and all those who supported me to do that incredibly rewarding job.”