Jacinda Ardern is a New Zealand politician who has served as the country’s 40th prime minister and Labour Party leader since 2017. She was initially elected to the House of Representatives as a list MP in 2008 and has served as the Mount Albert Member of Parliament (MP) since March 2017.
Arden was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, on July 26, 1980.
She was raised in Morrinsville and Murupara, where her father, Ross Ardern, was a police officer and her mother, Laurell Ardern (née Bottomley), was a school catering assistant.
Ardern grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), where her uncle Ian S. Ardern is a general authority.
She attended Morrinsville College, where she served on the board of trustees as the student representative.
She got her first job while still in school, working at a local fish-and-chip restaurant.
At the age of 17, she joined the Labour Party.
Marie Ardern, a long-serving Labour Party member, persuaded the adolescent Ardern to assist her in campaigning for New Plymouth MP Harry Duynhoven during his re-election campaign in the 1999 general election.
Ardern earned a Bachelor of Communication Studies (BCS) in politics and public relations from the University of Waikato in 2001.
In 2001, she spent a semester at Arizona State University studying abroad.
She worked as a researcher in the offices of Phil Goff and Helen Clark after graduating from university. After volunteering at a soup kitchen and working on a workers’ rights campaign in New York City, Ardern traveled to London, where she became a senior policy consultant in British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s 80-person policy team.
(She did not meet Blair in London, but she did challenge him about the 2003 Iraq invasion at an event in New Zealand in 2011.) Ardern was also assigned to the United Kingdom’s Home Office to assist with a policing review in England and Wales.
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