It’s the hashtag taking New Zealand by storm but not everybody is totally certain what that actually is or what it means. We dove deep into our social media pages and asked some New Zealand locals to help us understand what in the world #TurnArdern actually is — and why it at least in more ways than one is pretty important.
For starters I’d like to point this out first. Removing the fact that Ardern has become a media darling, she, in more ways than one has been an excellent Prime Minister — although most certainly has her faults. This is perhaps one of many basises for the hashtag we’re learning about.
According to several locals in Auckland, the hashtag actually started from a man named Colin Wilson. Wilson started the hashtag because he reportedly felt that Ardern wasn’t “fully” taking on the task of PM and tackling issues that people actually care about. Two of those most prominent issues: child poverty and the housing crisis (sound familiar, eh?.)
The hashtag is certainly nothing violent and by no means indicates violence. Instead, it is a hashtag encouraging people t o turn over magazines; books, and the like that feature Ardern ‘s face (in places like markets) when they see them. Why? Because that in itself will help slump magazine sales discouraging Ardern from actually appearing on them and “instead focusing on the real issues.”
While a little strange …. I commend people in New Zealand for taking control and pushing the leader in which they not only pay for and actually elected to do the work in which she needs to actually do. It’s amazing what people can try and do without a spick of violence in sight.