Ardern to raise Kiwis access to citizenship

Ardern NZ open for business
PM Jacinda Ardern says NZ is open for business but still faced a grilling from Australian financial leaders. (Photo: New Zealand High Commission)

18 July 2019

Collette Devlin – Stuff

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has downplayed concerns from Australian banks and tried to ease investor angst by declaring New Zealand open for business – despite concerns tall poppy syndrome is holding back Kiwi entrepreneurs.

Ardern, who is in Melbourne, until Friday afternoon, is also set to meet Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison before she leaves.

Ardern said she would press New Zealand’s interests, such as Kiwis living in Australia who struggle for citizenship, despite having lived there for a long time. “The benefits of citizenship is something I consistently raise and will continue to do so.”

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the message she took away from an investor meeting was that New Zealand was full of exceptional entrepreneurs but tall poppy syndrome needed to be overcome.

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