Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern is a New Zealand politician and the leader of the New Zealand Labour Party who currently is serving as the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand since October 2017. With her positioning as the 40th Prime Minister at age of 37, she became the youngest female lead of government ever in the world.

She was first elected as a list MP to the House of Representatives in 2008 and has been a member of Parliament(MP) for Mount Albert since March 2017. She is also the youngest leader of the Labour party and the second female to lead it after Helen Clark.

Having her career started initially as a researcher in the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark in 2001, within 16 years, Ardern became one of the few successful female leaders in the world. Identifying herself as a social democrat, a progressive, a republican, and a feminist, Ardern has led her country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, even introducing strict gun laws in response, and most importantly she directed the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic throughout 2020.

Ardern led the Labour Party to victory in the 2020 general election, winning a second term in a Landslide. With her remarkable works as a prime minister, she is one of the most influential women of 2020 and also was listed by Prospect as the second-greatest thinker for the COVID-19 era. Besides, Ardern is quite active on social media sites with over 1.5 million followers on Instagram: @jacindaardern and over 665k followers on Twitter: @jacindaardern.

What makes Jacinda Ardern so well-known?

As a politician in New Zealand, he is well-known.

He is known for becoming New Zealand’s current and 40th Prime Minister.

Jacinda Ardern was born in New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, on July 26, 1980. Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern is her given name. Her motherland is New Zealand, and she is a New Zealander. Ardern is of White descent, and her zodiac sign is Leo.

Her well-educated parents, Ross Ardern (father) and Laurell Bottomley (mother), gave birth to Jacinda Ardern (mother). Ross, her father, was a police officer and is now the Administrator of Tokelau, while Laurell, her mother, worked as a school catering assistant. Ardern grew up in Morrinsville and Murupara with her sister Louise, where she attended Morrinsville College and served on the school’s Board of Trustees as the student representative. Her first internship, while still in high school, was at a nearby fish-and-chip store.

Her aunt Marie Ardern, a long-serving member of the Labour Party, inspired her interest in politics since she was a teenager. She entered the Labour Party at the age of 17 and rose through the ranks of the Young Labour movement.

She later completed her education at the University of Waikato, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies in politics and public relations in 2001. She began her career as a researcher in the offices of Phil Goff and Helen Clark shortly after graduation. She then went to New York and spent the next six months volunteering in a soup kitchen. She also worked on a workers’ rights initiative during this period.

She joined then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s 80-person policy team in London as a senior policy advisor.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Political Career

Jacinda Ardern began her career as a researcher in Prime Minister Helen Clark’s office in 2001, when she was 21 years old.

In 2008, Ardern was elected president of the International Union of Socialist Youth, which launched her political career.

In the same year, she was chosen as Labour’s candidate for Waikato district MP.

At the age of 28, she was elected to the Labour Party’s parliament as the party’s youngest serving MP and later recruited as the party’s spokesperson for Youth Affairs and associate spokesperson for Justice(Youth Affairs).

She was defeated in the general elections of 2011 and 2014 for the second time in a row.

Andrew Little, the new party leader, also named her as a spokesperson for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Children, Justice, and Small Business.

She was unanimously chosen as the Labour candidate for the 2017 Mount Albert by-election, and was hired as the party’s deputy leader only a month later.

She announced at her first press conference after being elected leader that the upcoming election campaign will be “relentless positivity.”

With the ‘Jacinda impact’ and ‘Jacinda mania’ sweeping the world, she received plenty of positive attention from both domestic and international media.

Ardern became the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand after the Labour Party obtained the second-highest vote in the 2017 general election, partnering alongside the Greens and the New Zealand First Party. After Jenny Shipley (1997–1999) and Helen Clark (1999–2008), she became the third female prime minister.

The government of Jacinda Ardern’s Prime Minister Reign Ardern has steadily increased the country’s minimum wage.

The Provincial Growth Fund was established to invest in rural infrastructure projects.

People who use cannabis in New Zealand should not be punished.

A capital gains tax will not be implemented by the government.

Many semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles have been outlawed.

Has called for same-sex marriage, abortion decriminalization, a reduced rate of immigration due to infrastructure problems, and more refugees.

On November 5, 2017, Ardern made her first official overseas trip to Australia, where she met Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the first time.

Ardern backed a UN resolution condemning US President Donald Trump’s December 2017 decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

On September 24, 2018, Ardern became the first female head of government to attend the United Nations General Assembly with her child in tow.

In the aftermath of the deadly shootings at the Christchurch mosque in 2019, Ardern expressed her sorrow, mourned the victims, and paid a visit to the Muslim community, becoming the first signatory to a national condolence book she opened in Wellington.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ardern introduced new quarantine laws, saying they were the world’s broadest and toughest border controls.

At 11:59 p.m. on March 25, 2020, she triggered strict rules up to warning level 4, which included a nationwide lockdown. Her leadership and fast reaction were praised all over the world. She also convinced New Zealand to explain a few cases.

In a Newshub Reid Research poll in May 2020, Ardern received 59.5 percent of the vote as ‘preferred prime minister,’ the highest score for any leader in the poll’s history.

Ardern was recently re-elected as Prime Minister of New Zealand in October 2020, leading her party to a landslide win.

Jacinda Ardern Husband

Jacinda Ardern is engaged to her partner, Clarke Gayford. Gayford is a New Zealand radio and television broadcaster, who is well known for being the presenter of the fishing documentary show, “Fish of the Day”. Born on October 24, 1976, Grayford has been referred to as the spouse of the prime minister, although the couple is unmarried. Ardern and Gayford met for the first time in 2012 when they were introduced by mutual friend Colin Mathura-Jeffree(model and television host).

Even though they met they didn’t spend much time together until Gayford contacted Ardern regarding a controversial Government Communications Security Bureau bill.

Almost after 6 years since the day they first met, Order announced of expecting her first child in June, with her partner, Gayford on January 19, 2018. With the birth of her daughter named Neve Te Aroha on June 21, 2018, she became New Zealand’s first prime minister to be pregnant in office.

Following the birth of their first baby, they got engaged on May 3, 2019. The couple even owned a ginger-and-white polydactyl cat named Paddles, which became a celebrity as the ‘First Cat’ after Ardern took office, who died in November 2017 after getting hit by a car.

Besides, Ardern is a second cousin of the mayor of Whanganui Hamish McDouall and is also a distant cousin of former National MP for Taranaki-King Country Shane Ardern.

Jacinda Ardern Net worth

Jacinda Ardern has quite good earnings from her professional career as a Prime Minister of New Zealand. Having her initial career as a researcher in 2001, Ardern has managed to come a long way up becoming one of the most influential and powerful female leaders in the world.

Ardern has an annual income of $471k with her monthly salary as $26k, weekly as $5k, and per day as $1k for the position of Prime Minister. With her salary and incomes, Ardern has an estimated net worth of $800k.

Jacinda Ardern Height

Jacinda Ardern is a beautiful lady with a well maintained healthy body physique in her 40s. She stands tall with a height of 5ft. 6inch.(1.65m) while her body weighs around 55kg(121 lbs). She has a fair complexion with light brown hair and eyes.

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