New Zealand’s Ardern gets international book deal

After five turbulent years as Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern revealed Friday that she will write a book about leadership that will be published worldwide.

Ardern, who turns 43 next month, said in an Instagram post that she wanted to do something that would have inspired her “14-year-old self.”

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Ardern unexpectedly retired from politics in January, saying she no longer had “enough in the tank” to continue.

She had become increasingly unpopular at home, despite receiving considerable accolades abroad.

After nearly six months out of office, she still has millions of social media followers and is regarded by some as a potential UN head.

During her tenure, Ardern was in charge of responding to a right-wing terror attack in Christchurch, a catastrophic volcanic eruption, and the Covid-19 pandemic, which closed New Zealand’s borders for two years.

The former premier insisted she did not want to write “a book that hauled over the internal politics of the last five years”.

Instead, Ardern plans to write about how to be “your own kind of leader”.

“I hope when it’s done, it’s the kind of book that would have made a difference to my 14-year-old self,” she added.

She stated that there is currently no specific release date.

Penguin, Macmillan, and Crown have picked up the project, making it available in the United States, as well as Australia, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand.

Later this year, Ardern will begin dual fellowships at Harvard University.

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