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Who is New Zealand’s new prime minister?

A profile of Jacinda Ardern — former Mormon and Helen Clark staffer is the youngest woman in history to lead New Zealand


Full name: Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern.

Position: Prime minister of New Zealand.

Age: 37.

Party: Labour

Family life: Lives with her partner TV presenter Clarke Gayford. Has a cat.

Religion: Agnostic.

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Political credentials: Ardern joined the Labour Party at 17. She worked in Tony Blair’s Cabinet Office and was a staffer for former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clarke. Elected to parliament in 2008.

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Campaigned on: Making tertiary education free, decriminalising abortion, cutting immigration and lifting children out of poverty.

What voters liked about her: Youthful, confident and credited with having the X-factor that was desperately needed to turn the Labour Party into a real contender for power after nine years of a National government.

What they didn’t: Inexperienced and untested.

Potential problems: Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has said it would be “very difficult to build trust” with a Labour government in New Zealand, accusing the party of collaborating in a plot to destabilise the Australian government after it emerged that an Australian senator held dual Australian/New Zealand citizenship.

Made international headlines when … Ardern called out sexist questions — about any plans to have a baby — that emerged just hours after she became Labour leader. She said such treatment of women was “unacceptable”.

In her spare time: Likes to DJ.

Interestingly … Was brought up as a Mormon but left the church over its anti-homosexual stance. Doesn’t drink coffee.