Before New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had even finished her address at music industry summit Going Global in Auckland, one US delegate had already asked if she had a clone to lead America, and an artist had given her his band T-shirt and apologised for the “naked figure on the front”.
It was a revealing inclusion in the two-day Going Global Summit program, which is currently underway at at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios. The fact the Prime Minister, who was named 13th most powerful woman in global politics by Forbes magazine last year, stopped by to address the music industry’s importance was very telling of the nation as a whole.
“We are in a bid to ensure that we are relevant to you,” she said at Roundhead Studios today. “[…] And that really does require us to be more agile than we have been in the past, but the reason I’m so desperate to drive relevance on our side of the ledger is because of how relevant you are to us.”
Prime Minister Ardern said matters like access were particularly important to her.
“No matter where [New Zealanders] are in the country, whether they’re rural or urban, whether they’re older or younger, regardless of particularly of socio-economic status, I want everyone to have access to the arts. I have that vision because I know how intrinsically linked it is to well-being.”