Jacinda Ardern Is The New Labour Leader: Here are 10 Things You Need To Know About Her

Andrew Little has announced his resignation as labour party leader today and stepping up to take his place is 37-year old MP Jacinda Ardern. “I am a young opposition but believe I am up to the job” Jacinda mentioned confidently in a press release this morning. Positive, organised and ready is what Jacinda is promising in order to deliver a better New Zealand. She is already showing her resilience to the unexpected shift in leadership and is planning on bringing forward a few of her own ideas. Here are some facts about Jacinda:

  1. It was her passion for social justice that led her to the Labour Party – at just 17.
  2. Elected as a List MP, she became the youngest sitting MP in Parliament
  3. She was born in Hamilton and grew up in Morrinsville and Murupara where her father worked as a policeman
  4. Back in 2008 at the general election, she was initially elected to parliament as a list MP
  5. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, earned after attending the University of Waikato
  6. At a young age to kick off her career in politics, she joined the Labour party and worked herself towards a senior figure in the Young Labour Party
  7. After graduating from University she soon started working  Phil Goff and Helen Clark’s offices as a researcher
  8. She moved to London to work as a senior policy advisor but soon returned to campaign full time after earning a high place (ranking number 20) guaranteed her a seat in Parliament
  9. She has made regular appearances on the Breakfast programme (Young Guns feature) alongside National MP Simon Bridges
  10. In 2014 she was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2014