On June 21, 2018, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern became the second serving Prime Minister in modern day history to have given birth to a child while in office. It was the late former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, who had become the first world leader to give birth to a child while in office in 1990.
Jacinda Ardern announced the birth of her first child with partner Clarke Gayford after she was admitted to a hospital in Auckland. The 38-year-old became New Zealand's prime minister on October 26, 2017.
Jacinda Ardern has been making wave since she took over as New Zealand's Prime Minister in October 2017. At the age of 37, Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand's youngest prime minister in 150 years. What's more? Jacinda is also the youngest woman to ever lead a country.
Jacinda Ardern studied in the Morrinsville College and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waikato in Hamilton. After graduating from the University of Waikato in 2001, Jacinda began her career working as a researcher in the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark (37th Prime Minister of New Zealand). She later went on to work as a policy advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Jacinda Arden was raised as a Mormon, but she left the church in her 20s before entering the parliament and starting her political career.
Jacinda Ardern is not only a great politician but she has also been DJ and has spun beats for a few events, including Auckland's Laneway Festival in 2014. It is said that her set of playlist features covers by the likes of Beyonce, Smashing Pumpkins, and William Shatner.
In the file photo, Jacinda is seen with her beautiful sister. While sharing the picture on Insta, she captioned: In amongst everything else going on these last few months, my sister came back after living in London for more than 10 years. She's my only sibling and I am so happy to have her home....and close enough to steal her clothes again.
It is said that Jacinda Ardern left the faith because of the church's anti-homosexual stance. Ardern left the church in 2005; back then she said, "it conflicted with her personal views; in particular, her support for gay rights." Jacinda was one of the few political leaders who voted in favour of the 2013 Marriage Equality Bill, that broke many stereotypes and enabled same-sex couples to marry in New Zealand. In January 2017, Jacinda identified herself as an 'agnostic'.
In the file photo, Jacinda is seen giving away the Bledisloe Cup to the winning captain. She says, "A real treat to hand it over after such a brilliant game."
Jacinda Ardern is not only a great leader but also a great daughter and an adorable sister too. While sharing this picture on Insta, Jacinda captioned: This is worse than trying to zip up your mother’s suitcase” Thanks, dad. Lucky to have you in town to help with my morning shoe issues.
Jacinda Ardern is known for taking a stand as a leader. From speaking in favour of same-sex marriage to lending her support of liberalising abortion law, to striving for gender balance in the formation of the new government; Jacinda has always been in the forefront and leading with example.
She captions this one: Stumbled across plenty of Pink shirt day New Zealand supporters on my way to North Shore Hospital today with David Clark (MP). Thanks to everyone involved in the movement to stop bullying and spread kindness. Special thanks to the amazing team at North Shore Hospital for spending a bit of time with us, and for the magnificent work you do every single day.
Jacinda Ardern is New Zealand's third woman leader in the country's political history with Jenny Shipley being the first to ascend to the top governing position. Helen Clark became the first woman to be elected as the Prime Minister of New Zealand in 1999 and was the fifth-longest-serving prime minister of New Zealand.
In the file photo, Jacinda Ardern is seen with her mother Laurell Ardern on the eve of Mother's day.
Besides being a side DJ, Jacinda Ardern is also a pet lover and loves listening to music. While sharing the picture on Instagram, she captions: Couldn’t make any of Ed Sheeran's shows while he is here so cheekily suggested he come round for a cuppa and some scones. Didn’t quite expect him to say yes. Thanks, Teddy's photos! It was a real treat to meet you. And as an added bonus, my scones weren’t a complete disaster!
On September 24, 2018, Jacinda Ardern made history as the first world leader to attend the United Nations general assembly meeting with her baby Neve Te Aroha. Ardern attended the Nelson Mandela peace summit with her three-month-old daughter Neve Te Aroha at the UN and she even played with her baby before giving a speech before the general assembly. During her speech, it was her husband Clarke Gayford who held the three-month-old baby on his lap.
In the file photo, Jacinda Ardern is seen sharing a laugh with former US President Barack Obama.
Jacinda's partner Clarke Gayford posted a photo on Twitter on September 24, 2018. showing of Neve’s security pass, which reads “first baby”. He Tweeted: Because everyone on twitter's been asking to see Neve's UN id, the staff here whipped one up. I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside UN yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change. Great yarn for her 21st (birthday).”
Although Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto was the first world leader to give birth in office, she didn't take maternity leave which means Jacinda Ardern is first ever world leader on maternity leave while being in office.
In the file photo, Jacinda is seen participating in the Pride parade. She captions this one: I've loved every Pride Parade I have been lucky enough to walk in, but this one was particularly special. The streets were packed, and what an important message that sends about diversity and inclusiveness. Thanks to everyone who came! #RelentlesslyProud
Jacinda Ardern is not only a great leader but also an empathetic leader too. She shared this adorable picture on her Instagram account where she is seen hugging Hana Reedy, a mother who lost her 15-year-old daughter two months ago to suicide. She captioned: Hana Reedy came to Parliament and delivered the 'Yes We Care mental health inquiry petition with 30,000 signatures. It's World Mental Health day, and making good on this petition is the least we can do.
Jacinda Ardern met Clarke Gayford for the first time in 2012 when the two were introduced to each other by mutual friend Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a New Zealand based television host and model. But it wasn't love at first sight for the two of them. The two met once again when Gayford contacted Ardern regarding a controversial Government Communications Security Bureau bill.
Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford Ardern are smashing gender roles. The youngest prime minister had told reporters that after her six-week maternity leave, her partner, Clarke Gayford, will be a full-time stay-at-home dad. On January 18, 2018, she tweeted: We thought 2017 was a big year! This year we’ll join the many parents who wear two hats. I’ll be PM & a mum while Clarke will be “first man of fishing” & stay at home dad. There will be lots of questions (I can assure you we have a plan all ready to go!) but for now, bring on 2018!
The couple also had a ginger-and-white polydactyl cat named Paddles, which became a celebrity and went viral over the internet. It was the "First Cat" after Jacinda Ardern took office in October 2017. The cat even had a Twitter account established in her name. But lost her life in early November 2017 when she was hit by a car in the Auckland suburb of Point Chevalier.
At 37, politician and female leader of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardren became the world's youngest leader. She is presently the current and 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand. Jacinda Ardern is the world's youngest female leader of any developed economy in the world. On June 21, 2018, she became the second world leader after Benazir Bhutto, to give birth to a child while in office. Active politician, doting daughter, adorable mother and a people's leader are few of the facets of her life. We bring to you some lesser known facts about the world's youngest leader and prime minister Jacinda Ardern. All pictures/ Instagram Jacinda Ardern
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