Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins debate climate policy, cannabis and renaming NZ

New Zealand elections

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a climate change emergency would be declared if re-elected on 17 October, while opposition leader Judith Collins has promised tax cuts and faster economic growth during this week’s one-and-half-hour debate. With less than three weeks until the New Zealand elections, Ardern, for now, is safely in the winning role. The Labour leader and current prime minister met the National Party leader in Auckland this week in a debate, moderated by Patrick Gower, during which the leaders “clashed and argued, but also laughed and…

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