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Jacinda Ardern

MP
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Ardern in 2020
40th Prime Minister of New Zealand
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor-General Patsy Reddy
Deputy Winston Peters
Preceded by Bill English
17th Leader of the Labour Party
Assumed office
1 August 2017
Deputy Kelvin Davis
Preceded by Andrew Little
36th Leader of the Opposition
In office
1 August 2017 – 26 October 2017
Deputy Kelvin Davis
Preceded by Andrew Little
Succeeded by Bill English
17th Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
In office
1 March 2017 – 1 August 2017
Leader Andrew Little
Preceded by Annette King
Succeeded by Kelvin Davis
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Mount Albert
Assumed office
8 March 2017
Preceded by David Shearer
Majority 15,264
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for the Labour Party List
In office
8 November 2008 – 8 March 2017
Preceded by Dover Samuels
Succeeded by Raymond Huo
Personal details
Born
Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern

26 July 1980 (1980-07-26) (age 40)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Domestic partner Clarke Gayford
Children 1
Parents Ross Ardern
Relatives Hamish McDouall (cousin)
Shane Ardern (cousin)
Residence Premier House, Wellington
Alma mater University of Waikato

Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (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.

Prime Minister

2017 general election

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. She became the next Prime Minister of New Zealand, after Winston Peters announced he would enter a coalition government with Labour.

Christchurch mosque shootings

On 15 March 2019, 51 people were fatally shot and 49 injured in two mosques in Christchurch. In a statement broadcast on television, Ardern offered condolences and stated that the shootings had been carried out by suspects with "extremist views" that have no place in New Zealand, or anywhere else in the world.

Ardern was the first signatory of a national condolence book that she opened in the capital, Wellington. She also travelled to Christchurch to meet first responders and families of the victims. Ardern received international praise for her response to the shootings. A photograph of her hugging a member of the Christchurch Muslim community with the word "peace" in English and Arabic was projected onto the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.

2020 general election

Ardern was re-elected in the 2020 general election in a landslide victory. The Labour Party, led by Ardern, picked up 18 seats with a total of 64 in the New Zealand Parliament.

Personal life

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.

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

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