Last updated on August 28th, 2022 at 06:02 pm
Facts About Jacinda Ardern
|42 Years Old
|Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern
|Place Of Birth
|Famous as a New Zealand politician
|Best Known For
|Known for being the the present and the 40th prime minister of New Zealand
|University of Waikato
|Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies in politics
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Jacinda Ardern is a New Zealand politician and the leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. Currently, she is serving as the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand since October 2017. At age of 37, Ardern became the youngest female leader of government ever in the world.
Ardern 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.
Ardern began her career as a researcher in the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark in 2001. But within 16 years, she became one of the few successful female leaders in the world. Ardern identifies herself as a social democrat, a progressive, a Republican, and a feminist. She has led her country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings and introduced strict gun laws in response. 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 was one of the most influential women of 2020. She was also listed by Prospect as the second-greatest thinker of the COVID-19 era.
Besides, Ardern is quite active on social media sites with over 1.7 million followers on Instagram: @jacindaardern and over 803.8k followers on Twitter: @jacindaardern.
What is Jacinda Ardern famous for?
- Famous as a New Zealand politician
- Known for being the present and the 40th prime minister of New Zealand
Where is Jacinda Ardern from?
Jacinda Ardern was born on July 26, 1980, in Hamilton, New Zealand. Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern is her birth name. Her nationality is New Zealander. Ardern belongs to the White ethnicity while Leo is her zodiac sign.
Ardern was born as the daughter of her well-educated parents: Ross Ardern(father) and Laurell Bottomley(mother). Her father, Ross worked as a police officer. But currently, he is the Administrator of Tokelau. Her mother, Laurell worked as a school catering assistant. Ardern grew up along with her sibling Louise in Morrinsville and Murupara. She attended Morrinsville College where she served as the student representative on the school's Board of Trustees. Her first job was working at a local fish-and-chip shop while she was still in her school.
Ardern had an interest in politics since her childhood. Because, she was influenced by her aunt Marie Ardern, a longstanding member of the Labour Party. At the age of 17, she joined the Labour Party becoming a senior figure in the Young Labour sector of the party.
Later on, she went to the University of Waikato. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies in politics and public relations in 2001. Soon after her graduation, she started her career working in the offices of Phil Goff and Helen Clark as a researcher. She then went to New York and worked as a volunteer in a soup kitchen for the next six months. During this time, she also worked on a workers’ rights campaign.
In London, she became a senior policy adviser in an 80-person policy unit of then-British prime minister Tony Blair.
Jacinda Ardern's Career in Politics as a Prime Minister
- Jacinda Ardern started her career initially working as a researcher in the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark in 2001 at age of 21.
- Ardern entered her political career when she got elected as the president of the International Union of Socialist Youth in 2008.
- The same year, she was selected as Labour’s party candidate for MP of the Waikato district.
- She entered the parliament of the party as its youngest sitting MP. Later on, she was recruited as the Labour's spokesperson for Youth Affairs and associate spokesperson for Justice(Youth Affairs) at age of 28.
- But she lost two times in a row in the general election held in 2011 and 2014.
- She was also appointed as spokesperson for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Children, Justice, and Small Business by the new party leader Andrew Little.
- For the 2017 Mount Albert by-election, she was unanimously selected as the Labour candidate, just a month later recruited as deputy leader of the party.
- At her first press conference after her election as leader, she said that the forthcoming election campaign would be one of "relentless positivity".
- She received plenty of positive coverage from both domestic and international media with the 'Jacinda effect' and 'Jacinda mania’ sweeping the country.
- In the 2017 general election, the Labour Party got the second-highest vote and in collaboration with the Greens and the New Zealand First Party, Ardern became the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand preceded by.
- Ardern became the third female prime minister after Jenny Shipley (1997–1999) and Helen Clark (1999–2008).
- Ardern won a second term as a prime minister leading her party to a landslide victory in October 2020.
Jacinda Ardern's Prime Minister Reign
- Ardern's government has implemented steady increases in the country's minimum wage.
- Has introduced the Provincial Growth Fund t invest in rural infrastructure projects.
- Opposed criminalizing people who use cannabis in New Zealand.
- The government would not implement a capital gains tax.
- Banned most semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles.
- Has supported same-sex marriage, decriminalization of abortion, a lower rate of immigration due to infrastructure issues, and a higher number of refugees.
- Ardern made her first official overseas trip to Australia meeting Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the first time on November 5, 2017.
- She voiced support for the UN resolution criticizing US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017.
- On September 24, 2018, she became the first female head of government to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting with her infant present.
- In response to the 2019's fatal shootings at Christchurch mosque, Ardern showed her concern, mourned the deaths, and visited the Muslim community. She became the first signatory of a national condolence book that she opened in the capital, Wellington.
- Ardern made new quarantine rules in response to COVID-19, also claiming it to be the widest-ranging and toughest border restrictions of any country in the world.
- She led to the strict rules up to alert level 4 including a nationwide lockdown, at 11:59 pm on March 25, 2020. Her leadership and swift response were appreciated worldwide. She even got New Zealand to show a few cases.
- In May 2020, Ardern rated 59.5 percent as 'preferred prime minister' in a Newshub Reid Research poll—the highest score for any leader in the Reid Research poll's history
Is Jacinda Ardern married?
Jacinda Ardern is engaged to her partner, Clarke Gayford born on October 24, 1976. 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". Although the couple is unmarried, Grayford has been referred to as the spouse of the prime minister.
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 initially. However, Gayford contacted again Ardern regarding a controversial Government Communications Security Bureau bill.
Ardern announced expecting her first child in June, with her partner, Gayford on January 19, 2018. She gave birth to her daughter named Neve Te Aroha on June 21, 2018. With this, 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. Paddles became a celebrity as the 'First Cat' after Ardern took office, but died in November 2017 after getting hit by a car.
Besides, Ardern is a second cousin of the mayor of Whanganui Hamish McDouall. She is also a distant cousin of former National MP for Taranaki-King Country Shane Ardern.
How much is Jacinda Ardern's Net worth?
Jacinda Ardern began her initial career as a researcher in 2001. Since then, she has managed to come a long way. At present, she is one of the most influential and powerful female leaders in the world.
Moreover, she has quite good earnings from her professional career as a Prime Minister of New Zealand. She earns an annual income of $471k with her monthly salary of $26k, weekly of $5k, and per day of $1k. Presently, Ardern has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
What is the height of Jacinda Ardern?
Jacinda Ardern is a beautiful lady with a well-maintained healthy body physique in her 40s. She stands tall with a height of 1.65 m (5ft. 6inch). while her body weighs around 55kg(121 lbs). With light brown hair and eyes, she has a fair complexion.
Trivias About Jacinda Ardern You Need To Know.
- Jacinda Ardern is a supporter of the Chiefs rugby union team, based in her home region of Waikato
- She was brought into politics by her aunt, Marie Ardern, a longstanding member of the Labour Party
- Though she was raised in the Mormon faith, she left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because her religion came into conflict with her politics.
- She is engaged to her partner, Clarke Gayford