New Zealand PM helps pick last of Central Otago’s grapes

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (on the right of the red bucket) with the Women in Wine Central Otago. (Photo: Women in Wine Central Otago)

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, took a couple of hours out of her busy schedule to meet 21 members of the newly formed Women in Wine (WiW) group in Central Otago.

“Jacinda said that she is very interested in the wine industry and is a keen consumer when she’s not pregnant.”WiW president, Janiene Bayliss, said that the PM is passionate about Central Otago wine, our tourism opportunities, caring for our environment and the need for developing our region’s infrastructure.

“Jacinda talked about her own experiences on the land helping her parents’ grow kiwifruit, nashi pears and ultimately avocados. She has been passionate about organics since her mother got sick from pesticide exposure. She was interested in the 2018 vintage and spoke about climate change, the environment, importance of water, exporting and the role of wine tourism. Jacinda said that she is very interested in the wine industry and is a keen consumer when she’s not pregnant.”

Lunch was followed by a symbolic pick of some of the last pinot noir grapes to be harvested in Central Otago. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Tourism, Kelvin Davis.

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