An Evening With Jacinda Ardern

On Thursday 18 July, a group of McKinnon Senior School leaders: Adam Alfawwal, Arwen Verdnik, Chad Aizicowitz, Erika Phan, Evie Dinkelmeyer, Gemma Strangio, Hannah St John, Jack Mills, Liam Atchison, Myles Kelemen, Nadia Harari, Owen Robinson, Romy Greenberg, Sophie Van Doorn and Xavier Verdnik were a part of a 2000 strong audience who attended an evening with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Melbourne Town Hall.

The evening consisted of an inspirational address about “Why good government matters?” from the world leader, followed by an on-stage ABC interview with Virginia Trioli. The evening saw Prime Minister Ardern address many political and social issues, including an insight into her leadership amidst the darkness of the Christchurch terror attack.

The students were able to submit questions for the Q & A section of the evening, and were surprisingly thrilled when Owen Robinson’s question on “how to overcome the increasing animosity within western politics and political culture” was addressed by Prime Minister Ardern.

Our fifteen students who were in attendance were privileged to a very special and rare experience and we thank them for representing McKinnon proudly.

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