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Labor Chooses Post-Ardern Prime Minister

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Party Picks Ardern's Successor

Labor nominates one candidate, Chris Hipkins

(Newser) - New Zealand's Labor Party moved quickly to agree on a new leader, making its choice two days after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her resignation . Chris Hipkins, minister for education and policing, was nominated Saturday to succeed Ardern. His selection won't be official until the caucus votes Sunday,...

Ardern's Resignation Is a Shock. But Can You Blame Her?
Ardern's Resignation Is a Shock.
But Can You Blame Her?

Ardern's Resignation Is a Shock. But Can You Blame Her?

Her nearly 6 years in office were marked by a global pandemic, mass shooting, and sexist abuse

(Newser) - Jacinda Ardern was "a breath of fresh air" from her election as the world's youngest female head of government in 2017 at age 37. Governing New Zealand with "empathy and humor," the former DJ carried a "'not quite a politician' vibe"—one reinforced...

Ardern, Weary After 6 Years, to Step Down
Ardern to
Step Down

Weary Ardern to Step Down

New Zealand's prime minister says she doesn't 'have enough in the tank' to run again

(Newser) - Saying she lacks the energy to run again after nearly six "challenging" years in office, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday that she's stepping down. Her resignation as Labor Party leader will take effect by Feb. 7, the BBC reports. Ardern said she had reflected over...

In Rare Gaffe, New Zealand PM Has a Hot Mic Moment
Signed Copy
of Ardern Insult
Sells for $63K

Signed Copy of Ardern Insult Sells for $63K

Transcript of NZ PM's remark was auctioned off to raise money for prostate cancer charity

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's hot mic moment has raised a cool $63,000 for a cancer charity. Ardern was overheard last week muttering "He's such an arrogant p----" to her deputy after an exchange in Parliament with David Seymour, leader of the opposition ACT Party....

Female PMs Asked If They're Meeting Due to 'Similar Age'

Question to Finland, New Zealand leaders slammed as sexist

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern deftly shot down a sexist line of questioning after a meeting in Auckland on Wednesday with Sanna Marin, her Finnish counterpart. A male reporter from radio station Newstalk ZB told Ardern "a lot of people will be wondering, 'Are you two meeting...

'Freaky' Incident at Ardern's Office Leads to Arrest

Cops nab 57-year-old woman after 'willful damage' to NZ prime minister's office

(Newser) - A woman has been arrested after an incident of "willful damage" at Jacinda Ardern's office in Auckland. Per Stuff , a witness says he saw a person walk toward the New Zealand prime minister's working quarters early Thursday, then use some kind of tool to smash the glass...

New Zealand PM Ardern Responds to Uvalde Shooting

She tells Colbert about her country's ban on military-style guns

(Newser) - Reflecting on Tuesday’s school shooting, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she does not view such events as a politician. “I see them just as a mother," she told Stephen Colbert, per the Guardian. "I’m so sorry for what has happened here." The...

Anti-Vaxxers Force New Zealand PM Off the Road

Jacinda Ardern kept her cool, calling it 'just another day'

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has brushed off an uncomfortable encounter with anti-vaccination protesters, who chased and blocked her vehicle, forcing it onto a curb, as "just another day" at work. "At no point was I worried about my safety or the safety of anyone that was...

Ardern Steps Up Restrictions, Postpones Her Wedding

9 omicron cases are reported in New Zealand family

(Newser) - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced new COVID-19 restrictions for New Zealand on Sunday following the discovery of nine cases of the omicron variant in a single family that flew to Auckland to attend a wedding. One of the events affected is Ardern's own wedding, which she postponed. The so-called...

Jacinda Ardern Has Very Public Parenting Moment

NZ prime minister's toddler interrupted her during a COVID update to the nation

(Newser) - Robert Kelly had his moment . Now Jacinda Ardern is having hers. The New Zealand prime minister was giving her nation a COVID update this week when she had a parenting moment that many who've had to work from home during the pandemic can relate to. Per CNN and NBC...

Earthquake Interrupts Jacinda Ardern Press Conference
Quake Interrupts Ardern
Press Conference

Quake Interrupts Ardern Press Conference

'Sorry, a slight distraction,' says New Zealand prime minister

(Newser) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had to ask a reporter to repeat a question at a press conference Friday because she had been somewhat distracted by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake. Video from the Wellington press conference shows the prime minister gripping the podium before smiling and saying, "Sorry,...

New Zealand PM Gets Eyebrow-Raising COVID Query

Jacinda Ardern doesn't think COVID patients, or any patients, should have sex in hospital

(Newser) - Jacinda Ardern is known for keeping her poker-faced composure in even the most stressful situations, but a question posed at a COVID news conference this week led the New Zealand prime minister through what the Guardian describes as a "full range of emotions." At the presser, a reporter...

New Zealand Extends Lockdown
New Zealand 
Extends Lockdown

New Zealand Extends Lockdown

COVID outbreak is at nearly 350 cases

(Newser) - New Zealand’s government has extended a strict nationwide lockdown through Tuesday as it tries to quash its first outbreak of the coronavirus in six months, the AP reports. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday the government expects to keep Auckland, where most of the cases have been found, in...

New Zealand Figures Out Likely Source of COVID Outbreak

As cases balloon to 21

(Newser) - The single COVID-19 infection that caused New Zealand to lockdown has now ballooned to an outbreak of at least 21 cases so far. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the new number on Thursday, and officials warned that it will continue to rise. The director general of health says modeling indicates...

Film's 'White Saviors' View of Attack Angers NZ

Project follows Ardern's response, not Muslim victims or families

(Newser) - Plans for a film about the mosque massacre in Christchurch have met with shock and anger in New Zealand over the film's direction. The Hollywood film, They Are Us, centers on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's reaction and leadership after the attack —not on any of the Muslim...

Locked Out By Predecessor, Leader Takes Oath in a Tent

Samoa's prime minister refuses to turn office over to the new one

(Newser) - The leadership of Samoa was left in doubt Monday after the outgoing prime minister refused to leave and locked his successor out of Parliament. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, who is to be the nation's first female prime minister, and members of her party took their oaths of office in...

NZ's Prime Minister Has a Plan to Reduce 'Period Poverty'

Jacinda Ardern announces that free menstrual products are coming to schools in June

(Newser) - Students will soon have access to free period products across New Zealand, following a similar move in Scotland . Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday that all schools would offer free menstrual products for the next three years, at a cost of about $18 million. The products will be made available...

World 'Poses Too Great a Risk' for New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern says border closures will continue for months

(Newser) - Don't plan on visiting New Zealand anytime soon. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Tuesday that the country's borders are likely to remain closed to most travelers for the majority of 2021. "Given the risks in the world around us and the uncertainty of the global rollout of...

This, Plus a 4-Day Week at Full Pay

Unilever to provide New Zealand employees with more free time

(Newser) - It's not easy to spot positive effects on jobs caused by the pandemic, but here's one. Partly to improve the mental and physical well-being of its workers in New Zealand, Unilever is shortening their workweek to four regular days. They'll work 20% less but keep full pay,...

Ardern Wins NZ Reelection Amid a 'Major Shift'

Prime minister's Labour Party may end up as first party to have majority of votes in nearly 70 years

(Newser) - She first gained international attention for her empathy while handling the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings and the White Island volcano eruption . Then she led New Zealand out of the worst of the coronavirus outbreak. Now, another victory for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: She's won her reelection bid, in a...

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