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.
Who is Jacinda Ardern’s partner, Clarke Gayford?
Clarke Gayford, a television personality, is Ardern’s partner.
The couple originally met in 2012, when a common acquaintance Colin Mathura-Jeffree, a New Zealand television host and model, introduced them, but they did not spend time together until Gayford approached Ardern over a contentious Government Communications Security Bureau bill.
Ardern and Gayford were engaged on May 3, 2019, according to reports.
The wedding was supposed to take place in January 2022, however it was postponed due to a SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant outbreak.
Ardern announced on January 19, 2018, that she was expecting her first child in June, making her New Zealand’s first pregnant prime minister.
Ardern was hospitalized to Auckland City Hospital on June 21, 2018, and gave birth to a girl the following day, making her just the second elected leader of government to do so (after Benazir Bhutto in 1990).
Neve Te Aroha is her daughter’s given name.
Te Aroha is a rural town west of the Kaimai Range, near Ardern’s former home town of Morrinsville. Neve is an anglicized form of the Irish name Niamh, which means ‘bright.’ Aroha is Mori for ‘love.’