Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern is a politician from New Zealand who has served as New Zealand’s40th prime minister and Labour Party leader since 2017. Since March 2017, she has been a Member of Parliament (MP) for Mount Albert, having been first elected as a List MP to the House of Representatives in 2008.
Ardern identifies herself as a liberal and social democrat. The Sixth Labour Government has concentrated in particular on the housing crisis in New Zealand, child welfare and social injustice.
She led the nation in March 2019 in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque massacres, quickly enforcing new gun laws in response, and she led the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The New York Times expected in the 2020 elections that she will remain prime minister, with the Labour Party winning a majority of parliamentary seats. This will be the first time New Zealand has had a majority government since 1951.
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Born in Hamilton, New Zealand, Ardern grew up in Morrinsville and Murupara as a Mormon, where Ross Ardern, her father, worked as a police officer, and Laurell Ardern (née Bottomley), her mother, worked as a catering assistant at the school. She studied at Morrinsville College, where she served on the Board of Trustees of the school as the student representative.
She landed her first job while still at school, working at a nearby fish-and-chip store. She then attended Waikato University, graduating with a Bachelor of Communication Studies (BCS) degree in politics and public relations in 2001.
Ardern was elected president of the International Union of Socialist Youth in early 2008, a position that saw her spend time in several nations, including Jordan, Israel, Algeria and China.
Ardern has ranked 20th on Labour’s party list ahead of the 2008 election. For someone who was not already a sitting MP, this was a very high placement and practically assured her of a seat in Parliament. Accordingly, Ardern returned to campaign full-time from London. She also became Labour’s candidate for Waikato’s safe National electorate.
In the electorate vote, Ardern was unsuccessful, but her high position on the Labour Party list qualified her to enter Parliament as a member of the list. She became Parliament’s youngest sitting MP, replacing fellow Labour MPDarren Hughes after the election, and remained the youngest MP until Gareth Hughes was elected on 11 February 2010.
Husband And Children
Ardern announced on 19 January 2018 that she was expecting her first child in June, making her the first New Zealand prime minister to be pregnant in office. On 21 June 2018, Ardern was admitted to Auckland City Hospital and gave birth to a girl that day at 4:45 pm (04:45 UTC), becoming just the second elected head of state to give birth while in office (after Benazir Bhutto in 1990).
On June 24, Ardern uncovered the names given by her daughter as Neve Te Aroha. Neve is an Anglican form of the Irish name Niamh, which means ‘bright’; Aroha is ‘love’ Maori, and Te Aroha is a mountain in the Kaimai Range, near Morrinsville, the home town of Ardern.
Preliminary results indicate that 49 per cent of the vote has been won by Ardern’s centre-left Labour Party, meaning her party is likely to score the highest result that any party has obtained since the launch of the new political structure in 1996. The result means the 64 out of 120 parliamentary seats are expected to be held by her party, making it the first party to be able to rule under the current system alone. In New Zealand, where no single party has gained a majority of votes in the last 24 years, coalitions are the rule.
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“I really rebel against this idea that politics has to be a place full of ego and where you’re constantly focused on scoring hits against each one another. Yes, we need a robust democracy, but you can be strong, and you can be kind.” Jacinda Ardern pic.twitter.com/4yNXEMFvmA
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