New Zealand's New Prime Minister Says Capitalism Failed Her People (Video)

Jacinda Ardern plans to raise New Zealand's minimum wage and target child poverty in her first 100 days in power. (Screen shot / The Independent)

Jacinda Ardern, who will take office in November as one of New Zealand’s youngest leaders, cited homelessness and child hunger as evidence of “the market [having] failed” the nation in a blistering indictment of capitalism. Ardern’s assessment of the system’s failings came during her first full interview as the 37-year-old Labour Party head prepares to take the nation’s reins with a center-left coalition government.

Below are some excerpts of Ardern’s comments during the interview:

“If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that’s a blatant failure. What else could you describe it as? …

“When you have a market economy, it all comes down to whether or not you acknowledge where the market has failed and where intervention is required. Has it failed our people in recent times? Yes.

“How can you claim you’ve been successful when you have growth roughly three per cent, but you’ve got the worst homelessness in the developed world? …

“The measures [such as GDP] for us have to change. We need to make sure we are looking at people’s ability to actually have a meaningful life, an enjoyable life, where their work is enough to survive and support their families.”

Ardern’s government already has plans to raise the national minimum wage and codify child poverty reduction targets in her first 100 days in power. Below is another video of Ardern speaking after her party succeeded in forming a coalition.

— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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Natasha Hakimi Zapata holds a Creative Writing M.F.A. from Boston University and both a B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in English with a creative writing concentration from the University of California, Los…
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