New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is set to visit Melbourne this week to deliver a speech on good governance.
Ms Arden will deliver her address titled ‘Why does good government matter?’ at Melbourne Town Hall on Thursday night.
She is being hosted by the City of Melbourne and the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp said she was looking forward to hearing from one of the world’s “most respected and inspiring leaders”.
“Prime Minister Ardern has rightly been praised internationally for her response to the Christchurch terror attack, as well as for her caring and empathetic approach to leadership,” she said in a statement on Monday.
Ms Ardern became Prime Minister of New Zealand in 2017 and gained worldwide acclaim for her compassionate leadership in the aftermath of the Christchurch shooting in March which left 51 dead and dozens injured.
Her government’s latest “Wellbeing Budget” measured public wellbeing alongside economic figures and allocated billions of dollars of spending on tackling suicide rates, child poverty, homelessness and domestic violence.
“Ms Ardern is leading an innovative government which has just announced a major restructure of its public service, and major long-term investments in its citizen’s wellbeing,” Australia and New Zealand School of Government CEO Ken Smith said.
“Her address will deal with many of the issues that modern governments are grappling with, as they deal with an environment of growing uncertainty and declining trust in governments, while still trying to deliver public value for their citizens.”
“She will give us an insight into how New Zealand is working to change the role of government.”