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  • Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
    Sunday Jul 27, 1980

    Birth

    Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
    Sunday Jul 27, 1980

    Jacinda was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, Ardern grew up as a Mormon in Morrinsville and Murupara, where her father, Ross Ardern, worked as a police officer, and her mother, Laurell Ardern (née Bottomley), worked as a school catering assistant.




  • Morrinsville, Waikato, New Zealand
    1990s

    School years

    Morrinsville, Waikato, New Zealand
    1990s

    Jacinda studied at Morrinsville College, where she was the student representative on the school's Board of Trustees. Whilst still at school she found her first job, working at a local fish-and-chip shop.




  • Wellington, New Zealand
    1997

    Young Labour

    Wellington, New Zealand
    1997

    Ardern joined the Labour Party at the age of 17, and became a senior figure in the Young Labour sector of the party.




  • Waikato, New Zealand
    1999

    Stepping into politics

    Waikato, New Zealand
    1999

    Ardern was brought into politics by her aunt, Marie Ardern, a longstanding member of the Labour Party, who recruited the teenaged Ardern to help her with campaigning for New Plymouth MP Harry Duynhoven during his re-election campaign at the 1999 general election.




  • University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton, Waikato 3216, New Zealand
    2001

    Bachelor degree

    University of Waikato, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton, Waikato 3216, New Zealand
    2001

    Jacinda then attended the University of Waikato, graduating in 2001 with a Bachelor of Communication Studies (BCS) in politics and public relations.




  • Waikato, New Zealand
    2002

    Work after university

    Waikato, New Zealand
    2002

    After graduating from university, she spent time working in the offices of Phil Goff and of Helen Clark as a researcher.




  • New York, U.S.
    2005

    Working at a soup kitchen

    New York, U.S.
    2005

    Jacinda went to New York and volunteered as a soup kitchen and serving food to the homeless and poor people for six months.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    2005

    Working for Tony Blair

    London, England, United Kingdom
    2005

    Ardern served in British Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet office for two and a half years, working as an associate director for Better Regulation Executive, with primary responsibility for changing the way local authorities deal with small businesses.


  • Vienna, Austria
    2008

    International Union of Socialist Youth

    Vienna, Austria
    2008

    In early 2008, Ardern was elected as the president of the International Union of Socialist Youth, a role which saw her spend time in several countries, including Jordan, Israel, Algeria and China.


  • New Zealand
    2008

    Member of Parliament

    New Zealand
    2008

    Ahead of the 2008 election, Ardern was ranked 20th on Labour's party list. This was a very high placement for someone who was not already a sitting MP, She became Labour's candidate for the safe National electorate of Waikato. Ardern was unsuccessful in the electorate vote, but her high placement on Labour's party list allowed her to enter Parliament as a list MP. Upon election, she became the youngest sitting MP in Parliament, succeeding fellow Labour MP Darren Hughes, and remained the youngest MP until the election of Gareth Hughes on 11 February 2010.


  • Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand
    Saturday Nov 26, 2011

    Losing elections and becomiing MP for Auckland Central

    Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand
    Saturday Nov 26, 2011

    Ardern contested the seat of Auckland Central for Labour in the 2011 general election, standing against incumbent National MP Nikki Kaye for National and Greens candidate Denise Roche. Despite targeting Green voters to vote strategically for her, she lost to Kaye by 717 votes. However, she returned to Parliament via the party list, on which she was ranked 13th. Ardern maintained an office within the electorate while she was a list MP based in Auckland Central.


  • New Zealand
    2011

    Becoming spokesperson for social development

    New Zealand
    2011

    After Goff resigned from the Party leadership following his defeat at the 2011 election, Ardern supported David Shearer over David Cunliffe. She was elevated to the fourth-ranking position in the Shadow Cabinet on 19 December 2011, becoming a spokesperson for social development under new leader David Shearer.


  • Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand
    Saturday Sep 20, 2014

    Auckland Central 2014 general election

    Auckland Central, Auckland, New Zealand
    Saturday Sep 20, 2014

    Ardern stood again in Auckland Central at the 2014 general election. She again finished second though increased her own vote and reduced Kaye's majority from 717 to 600. Ranked 5th on Labour's list Ardern was still returned to Parliament where she became Shadow spokesperson for Justice, Children, Small Business, and Arts & Culture under new leader Andrew Little.


  • Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
    Thursday Jan 12, 2017

    Mount Albert by-election

    Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand
    Thursday Jan 12, 2017

    Ardern put forward her name for the Labour nomination for the Mount Albert by-election to be held in February 2017 following the resignation of David Shearer on 8 December 2016. When nominations for the Labour Party closed on 12 January 2017, Ardern was the only nominee and was selected unopposed.


  • New Zealand
    Sunday Jan 22, 2017

    Women's March and Labour's candidate

    New Zealand
    Sunday Jan 22, 2017

    On 21 January, Ardern participated in the 2017 Women's March, a worldwide protest in opposition to Donald Trump, the newly inaugurated president of the United States. She was confirmed as Labour's candidate at a meeting on 22 January. Ardern won a landslide victory, gaining 77 per cent of votes cast in the preliminary results.


  • New Zealand
    Tuesday Mar 07, 2017

    Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

    New Zealand
    Tuesday Mar 07, 2017

    Following her win in the by-election, Ardern was unanimously elected as deputy leader of the Labour Party on 7 March 2017, following the resignation of Annette King who was intending to retire at the next election. Ardern's vacant list seat was taken by Raymond Huo.


  • Wellington, New Zealand
    Tuesday Aug 01, 2017

    Becoming the youngest leader

    Wellington, New Zealand
    Tuesday Aug 01, 2017

    At 37, Ardern became the youngest leader of the Labour Party in its history. She is also the second female leader of the party after Helen Clark.


  • New Zealand
    Aug, 2017

    Capital gains tax failure

    New Zealand
    Aug, 2017

    In mid-August 2017, Ardern stated that a Labour government would establish a tax working group to explore the possibility of introducing a capital gains tax but ruled out taxing family homes. In response to negative publicity, Ardern abandoned plans to introduce a capital gains tax during the first term of a Labour government.


  • New zealand
    Thursday Oct 19, 2017

    Coalition to become the next prime minister

    New zealand
    Thursday Oct 19, 2017

    On 19 October 2017, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters agreed to form a coalition with Labour, making Ardern the next prime minister. This coalition receives confidence and supply from the Green Party. Ardern named Peters as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. She also gave New Zealand First five posts in her government, with Peters and three other ministers serving in Cabinet.


  • Wellington, New Zealand
    Thursday Oct 26, 2017

    Becoming the head of the government

    Wellington, New Zealand
    Thursday Oct 26, 2017

    she was sworn in by the Governor-General on 26 October 2017. She became the world's youngest female head of government at age 37.


  • Australia
    Sunday Nov 05, 2017

    First official overseas trip

    Australia
    Sunday Nov 05, 2017

    On 5 November 2017, Ardern made her first official overseas trip to Australia, where she met Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the first time.


  • Vietnam
    Thursday Nov 09, 2017

    APEC summit

    Vietnam
    Thursday Nov 09, 2017

    Ardern flew to Vietnam on 9 November for her first visit to an APEC summit.


  • New York, U.S.
    Dec, 2017

    Criticising Donald Trump in the UN

    New York, U.S.
    Dec, 2017

    In December 2017, Ardern voiced support for the UN resolution criticizing US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, saying that some decisions "that we saw by international actors like the United States recently ... took us backwards, not forwards."


  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand
    Friday Feb 02, 2018

    Waitangi Day

    Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand
    Friday Feb 02, 2018

    On 2 February 2018, Ardern travelled to Waitangi for the annual Waitangi Day commemoration; she stayed in Waitangi for five days, an unprecedented length.Ardern became the first female prime minister to speak from the top marae. Her visit was largely well-received by Māori leaders, with commentators noting a sharp contrast with the acrimonious responses received by several of her predecessors.


  • London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday Apr 20, 2018

    A toast to the Commonwealth

    London, England, United Kingdom
    Friday Apr 20, 2018

    On 20 April 2018, Ardern attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 in London, where she was selected to deliver a toast to the Commonwealth at a state banquet of world leaders. She also had her first private audience with Queen Elizabeth II.


  • Wellington, New Zealand
    Thursday Jun 21, 2018

    Maternity leave

    Wellington, New Zealand
    Thursday Jun 21, 2018

    On 19 January 2018, Ardern announced that she was pregnant, and that Winston Peters would take the role of acting prime minister for six weeks after the birth. Following the birth of a daughter, she took her maternity leave from 21 June to 2 August 2018.


  • New Zealand
    Jul, 2018

    Flagship Families Package

    New Zealand
    Jul, 2018

    In July 2018, Ardern announced the start of her government's flagship Families Package. Among its provisions, the package gradually increased paid parental leave to 26 weeks and paid $60-a-week to low and middle-income families with young children.


  • Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
    Friday Mar 15, 2019

    Christchurch mosque shootings

    Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
    Friday Mar 15, 2019

    On 15 March 2019, 51 people were fatally shot and 49 injured in two mosques in Christchurch. In a statement broadcast on television, Ardern offered condolences and stated that the shootings had been carried out by suspects with "extremist views" that have no place in New Zealand, or anywhere else in the world. She also described it as a well-planned terrorist attack.


  • New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 24, 2019

    Attending the UN General Assembly

    New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Sep 24, 2019

    On 24 September, Ardern became the first female head of government to attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting with her infant present. Her address to the General Assembly on 27 September praised the United Nations for its multilateralism, expressed support for the world's youth, and called for immediate attention to the effects and causes of climate change, for the equality of women, and for kindness as the basis for action.


  • New Zealand
    Saturday Mar 14, 2020

    COVID-19 Precautions

    New Zealand
    Saturday Mar 14, 2020

    On 14 March 2020, Ardern announced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand that the government would be requiring anyone entering the country from midnight 15 March to isolate themselves for 14 days. She said the new rules will mean New Zealand has the "widest ranging and toughest border restrictions of any country in the world". On 19 March, Ardern stated that New Zealand's borders would be closed to all non-citizens and non-permanent residents, after 11:59 pm on 20 March (NZDT). Ardern announced that New Zealand would move to alert level 4, including a nationwide lockdown, at 11:59 pm on 25 March


  • New Zealand
    Thursday Mar 19, 2020

    Closing the borders

    New Zealand
    Thursday Mar 19, 2020

    On 19 March, Ardern stated that New Zealand's borders would be closed to all non-citizens and non-permanent residents, after 11:59 pm on 20 March (NZDT). Ardern announced that New Zealand would move to alert level 4, including a nationwide lockdown, at 11:59 pm on 25 March


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