Jacinda Ardern was elected as the prime minister of New Zealand in October 2017, after the populist New Zealand First party agreed to form a centre-left coalition with her Labour Party.
Ardern is her countrys youngest leader since 1856 and became the worlds youngest female head of government when she took office at the age of 37.
Ardern, who formerly worked in the Cabinet Office in London, was nominated on a pledge to increase the minimum wage, write child poverty reduction targets into law and build affordable homes.
During her time as prime minister, Ardern had her first child a daughter Neve in June 2018, making her the second elected head of government to give birth while in office, as well as guiding New Zealand through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings and the Covid-19 pandemic.
On 26 July Ardern, who has frequently described herself as a progressive, republican, feminist, and supports the compulsory teaching of Maori language in schools, will celebrate her 40th birthday. Here are her 14 best quotes from her three years in power.
Capitalism has failed our people. If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, thats a blatant failure. What else could you describe it as?
Even the ugliest of viruses can exist in places they are not welcome. Racism exists, but it is not welcome here. Because we are not immune to the viruses of hate, of fear, of other. We never have been. But we can be the nation that discovers the cure.
To me, leadership is not about necessarily being the loudest in the room, but instead being the bridge, or the thing that is missing in the discussion and trying to build a consensus from there.
It takes courage and strength to be empathetic, and Im very proudly an empathetic and compassionate leader. I am trying to chart a different path, and that will attract criticism but I can only be true to myself and the form of leadership I believe in.
On the role of politicians
We need to make sure we are looking at peoples ability to actually have a meaningful life, an enjoyable life, where their work is enough to survive and support their families.
Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the man who took them. He may seek notoriety but we will give him nothing, not even his name.
On her baby daughter
I hope that she doesnt feel any limitations. That she doesnt have any sense of what girls can or cant do. That its just not even a concept for her.
On victims of the Christchurch shootings
They will remain with us forever. They are us. But with that memory comes a responsibility. A responsibility to be the place that we wish to be. A place that is diverse, that is welcoming, that is kind and compassionate. Those values represent the very best of us.
The worst case scenario is simply intolerable. It would represent the greatest loss of New Zealanders lives in our countrys history. I will not take that chance. The government will do all it can to protect you. None of us can do this alone.
On doing the right thing
Do you want to be a leader that looks back in time and say that you were on the wrong side of the argument when the world was crying out for a solution?
On Theresa May
The last thing I ever do is dish out advice or commentary on other peoples politics. Its a difficult game and I know certainly where I am coming from you dont see the layers behind the scenes. She is a woman of remarkable resilience.
On female guilt
I do find it difficult. I go through the exact same emotion any other parent does when Im away from her for a period of time... The guilt of whether or not Im a good enough daughter, sister, partner, mother show me a woman who doesnt.
On leaving her Mormon religion to support LGBT rights
For a lot of years I put it to the back of my mind. I think it was too unsettling... I lived in a flat with three gay friends and I remember going to church and thinking Im either doing a disservice to the church or my friends. How could I subscribe to a religion that didnt account for them?
On being a working mum
I am not the first woman to multitask. I am not the first woman to work and have a baby there are many women who have done this before.
- Ardern expects King Charles to remain politically neutral - New Zealand Herald - September 9th, 2022
- Jacinda Ardern to travel to New York for UN meeting later this month - New Zealand Herald - September 9th, 2022
- Jacinda Ardern is losing support in NZ, but can the PM's international star power save her? - ABC News - September 9th, 2022
- 'She was extraordinary,' says New Zealand PM Ardern as the world mourns the Queen - Yahoo News - September 9th, 2022
- Heather du Plessis-Allan: Jacinda Ardern and Chris Hipkins owe the people of Northland an apology - Newstalk ZB - September 9th, 2022
- Strengths on show in PM's visit to South - Otago Daily Times - September 9th, 2022
- Prime Minister remembers meeting with the Queen, speaks highly of King Charles - Newstalk ZB - September 9th, 2022
- New Zealands period of mourning for the Queen, and what comes next - The Guardian - September 9th, 2022
- 'She defined an era': Leaders including Biden, Putin and Macron pay tribute to the Queen - Sky News - September 9th, 2022
- Jacinda Arderns iron grip on New Zealands Labour party is slipping and that means trouble - The Guardian - August 25th, 2022
- Costco: Prime Minister tours West Auckland megastore, opening date to be announced in coming weeks - New Zealand Herald - August 25th, 2022
- Jacinda Ardern says co-governance is key to upholding Treaty of Waitangi obligations - Newshub - August 25th, 2022
- People less willing to comply with Covid-19 rules, or listen to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern according to Government survey - New Zealand Herald - August 25th, 2022
- Three Tory cheers for the apocalypse after Liz Trusss nuclear pledge - The Guardian - August 25th, 2022
- Countdown profit falls, but company and Consumer NZ at odds over 'why' - Stuff - August 25th, 2022
- Samoa travel: Why Taumeasina Island Resort is a relaxed haven in the island's capital - New Zealand Herald - August 25th, 2022
- Jacinda Ardern Strikes a Softer Tone on China - The Diplomat - August 2nd, 2022
- Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern admits some people overseas will receive the cost of living payment - RNZ - August 2nd, 2022
- Which polling is that?: Jacinda Ardern confident despite bumps - Sydney Morning Herald - August 2nd, 2022
- PM Jacinda Ardern on TVNZ resignation and recruitment - New Zealand Herald - August 2nd, 2022
- Who will replace Ardern? Whispers begin about next Labour leader - New Zealand Herald - August 2nd, 2022
- Aotearoa to mark first anniversary of dawn raids apology - RNZ - August 2nd, 2022
- NAIT will play key role in FMD response - Rural News Group - August 2nd, 2022
- Did New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Once Say, 'Unless You Hear It from Us, It Is Not the Truth'? - Snopes.com - July 27th, 2022
- Who will replace Jacinda Ardern? Audrey Young: Whispers begin about the next Labour leader contest - New Zealand Herald - July 27th, 2022
- Covid-19 Omicron: PM Jacinda Ardern guarded on relaxing restrictions ahead of August check-in - New Zealand Herald - July 27th, 2022
- Three Waters: Jacinda Ardern's governance message greeted with scepticism by southern leaders - New Zealand Herald - July 27th, 2022
- PM Jacinda Ardern says schools don't have to punish students who won't wear masks but they can choose to - Newshub - July 27th, 2022
- On the Tiles: What politicians have accomplished now that they can travel - New Zealand Herald - July 27th, 2022
- The Taranaki businesswoman promoting their firms to Australia - Stuff - July 27th, 2022
- Pacific news and sport in brief for July 27 - RNZ - July 27th, 2022
- Taranaki students being heard in the house during youth parliament week - Stuff - July 27th, 2022
- New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Talks Gun Control on Late Show The ... - July 13th, 2022
- New Zealand got it wrong: The man vying to topple Jacinda Ardern and open up the nation - Sydney Morning Herald - July 13th, 2022
- Jacinda Ardern is paying the price for her hermit zero-Covid economy - The Telegraph - July 13th, 2022
- PM Jacinda Ardern suggests migrant nurses put off by needing to stay in role for two years 'perhaps don't want to be a nurse in NZ' - Newshub - July 13th, 2022
- Covid-19: Free masks and RATs but traffic light setting expected to stay orange - Stuff - July 13th, 2022
- Is Jacinda Ardern rethinking her China strategy? | RNZ News - July 4th, 2022
- Jacinda Ardern's photo with Prince William reveals change to Kensington ... - July 4th, 2022
- Prince William Meets With New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern - Harper's BAZAAR - July 4th, 2022
- Fran O'Sullivan: Ardern, Albanese have plenty to chew over - New Zealand Herald - July 4th, 2022
- Jacinda Ardern at Nato: The glitz and glamour of PM's time in Madrid - New Zealand Herald - June 30th, 2022
- Shane Jones: Just where is PM Jacinda Ardern positioning New Zealand? - New Zealand Herald - June 30th, 2022
- What New Zealand music should Jacinda Ardern give to Boris Johnson? - Stuff - June 30th, 2022
- PM on why she's going to Nato, and what she would say to Putin - New Zealand Herald - June 30th, 2022
- Albanese and Ardern set to visit Fiji - Fiji Times - June 30th, 2022
- Luxon's dilemma: When politics and morals don't match in response to Roe v Wade - RNZ - June 30th, 2022
- As Jacinda Ardern heads to Europe, analysts ask whether New Zealand is being dragged into Nato - New Zealand Herald - June 24th, 2022
- Factbox: Commonwealth nations meet in Rwanda - what you need to know - Reuters.com - June 24th, 2022
- Ardern reacts to US' Roe v Wade abortion ruling overturn - 1News - June 24th, 2022
- Claire Trevett: Labour Government can't afford to lose to National on health - New Zealand Herald - June 24th, 2022
- Kris Faafoi comes good on 10-year debt, hands proof to the PM as he says farewell to Parliament - Stuff - June 24th, 2022
- Tale of 2 Summits: Why Jacinda Ardern Said No to the Commonwealth, But Yes to NATO - The Diplomat - June 22nd, 2022
- Claire Trevett: The warning to ministers as Jacinda Ardern signals a mother of all reshuffles - New Zealand Herald - June 22nd, 2022
- PM: 'Very hard to read into' Labour's Tauranga byelection loss - New Zealand Herald - June 22nd, 2022
- Jacinda Ardern's Government catches the post-Covid winter blues - Stuff - June 22nd, 2022
- Claire Trevett: PM Jacinda Ardern may regret writing off the Tauranga byelection as a lost cause - New Zealand Herald - June 22nd, 2022
- New Zealand government maintains let it rip policy despite worsening crisis in hospitals - WSWS - June 22nd, 2022
- Polls diverge on voter direction as left and right blocs neck and neck - Stuff - June 22nd, 2022
- Study Shows People Living in Countries Led by Women Have Been Way Safer During COVID - The Mary Sue - June 22nd, 2022
- EU trade talks: Agricultural products one of the challenges in negotiations, says minister - RNZ - June 22nd, 2022
- Audrey Young: Five head-to-head contests to watch after reshuffle - New Zealand Herald - June 22nd, 2022
- The change in tone at Ardern and Albaneses meeting could not have been more stark - The Guardian - June 15th, 2022
- Thomas Coughlan: Jacinda Ardern proves she's listening, but it's the next reshuffle that matters - New Zealand Herald - June 15th, 2022
- Heather du Plessis-Allan: Labour and Jacinda Ardern's slide in the polls could be halted by being kind and caring - New Zealand Herald - June 15th, 2022
- Pre-departure tests into NZ gone on Monday - New Zealand Herald - June 15th, 2022
- 'The same as how Australia treats the 501s': Samoan deportee calls Govt hypocritical - New Zealand Herald - June 15th, 2022
- Anthony Albanese is hosting Jacinda Ardern in Sydney today. What will ... - June 11th, 2022
- Jacinda Ardern meets Anthony Albanese: 501s, China in Pacific, climate ... - June 11th, 2022
- Jacinda Ardern fronts media with Australian PM Anthony Albanese after ... - June 11th, 2022
- Live news updates: Jacinda Ardern says Anthony Albaneses election ... - June 11th, 2022
- Conspiracy theorists are losing their shit over a clip of Jacinda ... - June 11th, 2022
- Jacinda Ardern, PM of New Zealand and WEF Graduate, Just Visited the ... - June 11th, 2022
- Jacinda Ardern, horoscope for birth date 26 July 1980, born in Hamilton ... - June 11th, 2022
- 'Rom-com': 'Wholesome' meeting of Anthony Albanese and Jacinda Ardern ... - June 11th, 2022
- Matthew Hooton: Labour's best bet for a third term - replace Jacinda Ardern with Grant Robertson - New Zealand Herald - June 11th, 2022
- Points of Order: Normality returns, with Kelvin Davis back in charge - Stuff - June 11th, 2022
- It may be 16 months away, but the 2023 election is now National's to lose - Stuff - June 11th, 2022
- New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern in Singapore for 3-day visit - June 3rd, 2022
- Jacinda Ardern returns to New Zealand as the mood reverts to the mean - The Spinoff - June 3rd, 2022