New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Takes 20% Pay Cut Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
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New Zealand's leader has announced she and her ministers will take a pay cut in solidarity with those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
The move to lock down New Zealand has hit the economy hard and Jacinda Ardern wants her citizens to know she feels their struggle.
The 20 percent pay cut will last at least six months and is effective immediately.
Ardern said: "If there was ever a time to close the gap between groups of people across New Zealand in different positions, it is now.
"I am responsible for the executive branch and this is where we can take action...it is about showing solidarity in New Zealand's time of need."
New Zealand has recorded more than 1,300 cases of the coronavirus, with nine people dying.
More than 1.5 million New Zealanders have applied for the government's wage subsidy, which is significant considering the country has 4.8 million residents.
The action to lock everyone down for an extended period of time could see one in every four people out of work, according to a worst case scenario from the Treasury.
Health authorities have cautiously said the country appears to have reached its peak, however Ms Ardern hasn't signalled whether her country will come out of lockdown anytime soon.
Naturally, loads of people have wondered whether Australian politicians will do the same and cut their pay.
When asked about the matter, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said: "We have frozen the pay increases for politicians here and for public servants...that's the action we have taken."
If Ms Ardern's decision to cut her pay and the pay for her ministers doesn't get her in the good books, wait till you see what she said about the Easter Bunny.
Because of social distancing laws, travel bans and the threat of getting the virus, many families geared up to spend Easter in their homes.
While adults can grasp the concept of the outbreak of Covid-19, kids were worried that travel restrictions will stop the Easter Bunny from being allowed to roam the globe.
The New Zealand leader said: "You will be pleased to know that we do consider both the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny to be essential workers.
"But, as you can imagine at this time of course, they are going to be potentially quite busy at home with their family as well and their own bunnies.
"So I say to the children of New Zealand if the Easter bunny doesn't make it to your household then we have to understand that it's a bit difficult at the moment for the bunny to perhaps get everywhere."
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