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Jacinda Ardern draws the line at government research into dragon training

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NZ PM Jacinda Ardern: Queen of most things, but not dragons. Photo: AAP
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has rejected an 11-year-old girl’s request for the government to conduct dragon research.

The girl, identified by NZ media as Victoria, wrote to the popular PM asking to be granted telekinetic powers so she could become a dragon trainer.

She even included a $NZ5 note with her letter, either as a fee for service or a bribe to make her wish come true.

Responding to Victoria on prime ministerial letterhead, Ms Ardern wrote: “We were very interested to hear your suggestions about psychics and dragons, but unfortunately we are not currently doing any work in either of these areas.

“I am therefore returning your bribe money, and I wish you all the very best in your quest for telekinesis, telepathy and dragons.

“P.S. I’ll still keep an eye out for those dragons. Do they wear suits?” she added in her own handwriting at the end of the letter.

Photo: Reddit

Victoria’s brother posted the letter to social media site Reddit simply with the title: “Received this in the post, turns out my littlest sister (11yo) tried to bribe Jacinda”.

He said Victoria had wanted the government to “make [dragons] telekinetic … and wanted to find out what they know about dragons and if they had found any yet, so she could train them”.

He explained that her interest in the field stemmed from the Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things, which features telepathy and telekinesis.

Ms Ardern has a bit of form in the area. In March, shortly after the Christchurch mosque shootings, she responded to a letter from an eight-year-old girl who said it would be “good idea to ban dangerous guns”.

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