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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (Image: AAP/Boris Jancic)

In some ways, it's too easy to look longingly across the Tasman -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is young and energetic, radiates a certain common touch and decency, and is a fine orator.

And while we're not exposed to issues with the New Zealand government's response to the COVID-19 crisis (such as problems facing its welfare system), it's hard to deny that when it comes to containing the spread of the coronavirus, New Zealand has done a remarkable job.

As The Washington Post put it, it hasn't flattened the curve so much as squashed it.