‘Class act’: Jacinda’s response praised
Aussies are again calling for Jacinda Ardern to be the country's leader after her "classy" response to the White Island volcano disaster.
Ms Ardern was praised for her leadership in the wake of the horror that has gripped Christchurch following a terrorist attack that killed 50 people.
Her staunch rejection of the "extremist ideology" behind the attacks, which she said had "no place in New Zealand society", was applauded by those watching events unfold from around the world.
This morning, Ms Ardern got a similar response after she met with emergency services personnel who responded to the White Island eruption that left five dead, with almost a dozen Australian tourists still unaccounted for.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed 24 Australians were visiting the island "as part of a cruise ship tour". He said 13 have been hospitalised and the remaining 11 are still unaccounted for.
Ms Ardern has labelled the events at White Island a "calamity".
Speaking to media following a roughly 30-minute conversation with Whakatane first responders and the local fire station, Ms Ardern said the emergency service personnel had gone above and beyond the line of duty.
"They have done an incredible job under devastating circumstances," she said. "What a calamity that exists here in Whakatane and everyone from coastguards, firefighters, St John, the police, all (those) down on the ground making themselves available to assist."
Many have taken to social media to respond to Ms Ardern's reaction.
One man wrote how she should come to Australia and look after our country in times of emergency.
NZ PM front and centre after a natural disaster. Not comfortably ensconced at home. How good is Jacinda Ardern?— John Little (@johnlittle) December 9, 2019
Some may think this is merely a photo op, however at least coupled with her as a person, I find this more than believable. It's genuine, true care. Again, no politician is perfect but if there has ever been one that's human and truly true, it is Jacinda Ardern. I am proud. pic.twitter.com/rmsUtA0Eva— ⚔️🛡 Asad Naseem 🔜 Faisalabad ✈️ (@PokeCollection) December 10, 2019
I think we need Jacinda Ardern to come over here and look after the country in times of emergency.— Michael Taylor (@AusIndiMedia) December 9, 2019
Scott, take a holiday. #NotMyPrimeMinister
I listened to Jacinda Ardern's presser on the way home from work in regards to NZ's volcanic eruption today. As a true leader should, answered questions measured, calm and responsibly,and left the technical questions to the experts.. . pic.twitter.com/56qtxeFPId— 💧🌱Scruffymurphy (@Scruffymurphy2) December 9, 2019
Another woman wrote, "What a class act Jacinda Ardern is. Her compassionate speech in regard to the volcanic eruption on White Island is something we in Australia would never experience under our cold hard hearted government."
One commented how Ms Ardern was "the best leader in the world right now", while others suggested Mr Morrison should not be visiting NZ and instead focus on this own country "burning" right now.
"Hey Morrison. It's important to offer our support to New Zealand. But what about addressing the current crisis in Australia. Our East Coast is on fire and all you can do is offer thoughts and prayers. Address climate change now."
Within about 1 hour of a natural disaster in NZ, Jacinda Ardern is addressing the country on the situation, resources & plans.— Mary OBrien (@mezjac) December 9, 2019
I can't compare her to Australia's PM, she is measured, appears in control.#auspol
What a class act Jacinda Ardern is. Her compassionate speech in regard to the volcanic eruption on White Island is something we in Australia would never experience under our cold hard hearted government.— Elaine McKay (@ElaineM11584892) December 9, 2019
Jacinda Ardern is probably the only world leader that deserves a holiday on taxpayer money— Tara Pokarier (@tara_pokarier) December 9, 2019
Scott Morrison could learn so much from @jacindaardern she is progressive, empathetic, kind, authentic, shows up.....list of her strengths are only shadowed by the list of his failings #sydneysmoke #ClimateEmergency #AustraliaBurns #auspol— Buntylegrande (@buntylegrande1) December 9, 2019
Many of the victims in the disaster are tourists from Australia, the UK, China, Malaysia and the US.
New Zealand Police say there are no further signs of life on the island, following flyovers late on Monday.
It is still unclear when emergency services will be able to access the island and start recovering bodies, with police waiting for the all-clear before going in.