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Wed Nov 25, 2020, 04:19 PM

I received a personal reply from someone in Prime Minister Ardern's office (New Zealand)

I'm posting this because I've written hundreds and hundreds of emails to U.S. politicians over the last four years and only received automated replies every single time, often not even relevant to what I wrote about. I just melted when I received this, short as it is, because it was a response to a heartfelt thank you I wrote to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after reading on DU that she had reached out to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to help us with COVID-19. I was incredibly grateful to be part of the world again.

It just blows my mind that someone in her office would take the time to respond to some nobody in the United States, whereas my own representatives can't be troubled to respond to my emails. Why can't we do better? Maybe this will change under Joe and Kamala.

Good morning Michael

On behalf of the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, many thanks for your kind
email.

I will certainly bring your email to Jacinda's attention - I know she will
appreciate reading your comments.

Kind regards, and stay safe in ######, Arizona.


Alec McLean
Office of Prime Minister
New Zealand

Authorised by Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern MP, Parliament Buildings Wellington 6160

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Reply I received a personal reply from someone in Prime Minister Ardern's office (New Zealand) (Original post)
Mike 03 Nov 25 OP
grumpyduck Nov 25 #1
FM123 Nov 25 #2
monmouth4 Nov 25 #3
Mike 03 Nov 25 #4
rurallib Nov 25 #5
yuiyoshida Nov 25 #6
Nevilledog Nov 25 #7
malaise Nov 25 #8
HipChick Nov 25 #9
soldierant Nov 25 #10
Roc2020 Nov 25 #11
hvn_nbr_2 Nov 26 #12
meadowlander Nov 26 #13

Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 04:26 PM

1. I gave up writing to our politicians

a couple of years ago when I started to receive form letters that had nothing to do with what I wrote about.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 04:28 PM

2. Fantastic!

I think it is great that they took the time to respond to you. Btw, I am big fan of Jacinda - she rocks!

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Response to FM123 (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 04:36 PM

3. I agree and hearty congratulations to you. Being nice/kind goes a long way and there are many who

do truly appreciate it.

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Response to FM123 (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 04:52 PM

4. She's amazing.

She takes my breath away with her compassion and kind leadership.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 06:20 PM

5. Well that is sure one for the scrapbook!

First, thanks for writing to thank her. She sure deserves it.
Second, that will be one to tell the grandkids about.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 06:29 PM

6. I have to be careful on commenting on music videos on twitter as

sometimes the bands, will actually respond to me, especially if they know I am in The US. One band recently added me, the entire crew.. which was awesome.. Since that has happened a few more Japanese bands suddenly started adding me. I been playing some of the songs they posted.. here is one..

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 06:41 PM

7. Now that they know you, write and see if she'll let us emigrate!

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 06:44 PM

8. Really nice

Rec

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 06:47 PM

9. I've gotten responses and even help from UK politicians...



Even while one was on paternity leave, since he and his wife just had a new baby...

US politicians ..not so much so...

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 06:57 PM

10. I get responses from my Democratic Senator -

not to everything, but then, a lot of what I send is boilerplate too.

The responses I do get are gracious and well thought out. Even if his staff is doing the writing ... well, that speak well of his choice of staff.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Wed Nov 25, 2020, 07:14 PM

11. very nice. save it

as a reminder there are leaders in this world that are not above privately saying appreciate you.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 12:48 AM

12. I notice something else about the response too

The person who responded actually identified himself and didn't pretend that the prime minister was actually writing the letter or that the mechanical signature generating device was really her.

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Response to Mike 03 (Original post)

Thu Nov 26, 2020, 02:59 AM

13. All part of the service

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