Jacinda Ardern

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Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern (cropped).jpg
Ardern in 2018
40th Prime Minister of New Zealand
Assumed office
26 October 2017
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor-GeneralPatsy Reddy
DeputyWinston Peters
Preceded byBill English
17th Leader of the Labour Party
Assumed office
1 August 2017
DeputyKelvin Davis
Preceded byAndrew Little
36th Leader of the Opposition
In office
1 August 2017 – 26 October 2017
DeputyKelvin Davis
Preceded byAndrew Little
Succeeded byBill English
17th Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
In office
1 March 2017 – 1 August 2017
LeaderAndrew Little
Preceded byAnnette King
Succeeded byKelvin Davis
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Mount Albert
Assumed office
8 March 2017
Preceded byDavid Shearer
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for the Labour Party List
In office
8 November 2008 – 8 March 2017
Preceded byDover Samuels
Succeeded byRaymond Huo
Personal details
Pronunciation/əˈsɪndə ˈɑːrdɜːrn/
Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern

(1980-07-26) 26 July 1980 (age 40)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Political partyLabour
Domestic partnerClarke Gayford
ParentsRoss Ardern
RelativesHamish McDouall (cousin)[1]
Shane Ardern (cousin)[2]
ResidencePremier House, Wellington
Alma materUniversity of Waikato

Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern[3] (born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician and the 40th and current Prime Minister of New Zealand upon her inauguration on 26 October 2017. She has been the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition since 1 August 2017. She has been the MP for Mount Albert since 8 March 2017.

Her handling of gun control over the Christchurch mosque shootings and her response to the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand has made her popular.

2017 general election[change | change source]

In the general election which took place on 23 September 2017, the Labour Party won 46 seats, a net gain of 14, putting it behind Bill English's National Party, which won 56 seats.[4] She became the next Prime Minister of New Zealand, after Winston Peters announced he would enter a coalition government with Labour.[5]

Personal life[change | change source]

She was born in Hamilton on the North Island. Her partner is Clarke Gayford and their daughter is Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford. She is agnostic.[6]

At 5:50 am (local time) on 21 June 2018 (17:50 UTC, 20 June), Ardern was admitted to Auckland Hospital,[7] and gave birth to a girl later that evening at 4:45 pm (04:45 UTC),[8][9] becoming the second Prime Minister in the world to give birth while in office.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Devlin, Colette; Cooke, Henry (29 November 2019). "Jacinda Ardern says Labour is 'not a perfect organisation' in party conference speech". Stuff.co.nz. Archived from the original on 30 November 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  2. "Things we learned about Jacinda Ardern". Newshub. 6 November 2014. Archived from the original on 19 December 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  3. "New Zealand Hansard – Members Sworn (Volume:651;Page:2)". Parliament of New Zealand.
  4. "2017 General Election – Official Results". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  5. Moir, Jo (19 October 2017). "Labour finally retake power after Winston Peters gives Jacinda Ardern his support". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  6. "The politics of life: The truth about Jacinda Ardern". New Zealand Herald. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  7. "Here comes the baby: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in labour, at Auckland Hospital with partner Clarke Gayford". The New Zealand Herald. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  8. "Live: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's baby is on the way". Stuff.co.nz. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "It's a girl! Jacinda Ardern gives birth to her first child". Newshub. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2018.

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