It seems bizarre to put Jacinda Ardern and Donald Trump on the same page for anything.

One has become the global poster child for progressive liberals and the other for angry nationalists.

But both leaders look to be heading into an election year clinging to a dwindling economic growth story.


Both appear to be relying on central bank rate cuts to keep middle-class voters placated long enough to carry them through.

Next year the US and New Zealand political cycles align for the first time since 2008.

I sincerely hope we don't also see a throwback to the economic