- Category : 1980-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 1/3 - Investigating / Martyr
- Definition : Split - Small (34,38,46,50,58)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Unexpected 2
New Zealand politician who has served as the 40th prime minister of New Zealand since 26 October 2017 and leader of the Labour Party since 1 August 2017. First elected to the House of Representatives as a list MP in 2008, she has been the member of Parliament (MP) for Mount Albert since 8 March 2017.
She is the daughter of a police officer father and a mother who ran a school canteen. Ideologically, Ardern describes herself as both a social democrat and a progressive. A supporter of the labour movement, she opposes tax cuts for high-income earners as supported by the National Party, and supports a welfare state that provides a safety net for "those unable to support themselves". On cultural issues, Ardern is a supporter of same-sex marriage, having voted in favour of the marriage equality bill in 2013, and supports the liberalisation of abortion laws.
After graduating from the University of Waikato in 2001, Ardern began her career working as a researcher in the office of Prime Minister Helen Clark. She later worked in the United Kingdom as a policy advisor to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and, in 2008, she was elected President of the International Union of Socialist Youth. Ardern won elected office in 2008 as a list MP, a position she held for almost ten years until her election to the Mount Albert electorate in the 2017 by-election. Later that year, she was unanimously elected as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party following the resignation of Annette King.
Following a historic low for the party in polling, on 1 August 2017, Leader of the Labour Party Andrew Little resigned his position and was succeeded in his capacity by Ardern. Under her leadership, the Labour Party polled ahead of its traditional rival party, the National Party, for the first time in twelve years. In the general election which took place on 23 September 2017, the Labour Party won 46 seats, a net gain of 14, putting it behind Bill English’s National Party, which won 56 seats. She is set to become the next Prime Minister of New Zealand, after Winston Peters announced he would enter a coalition government with Labour.
Ardern's partner is television presenter Clarke Gayford. On 3 May 2019, it was reported that Ardern was engaged to be married to Gayford. On 19 January 2018, Ardern announced that she was expecting her first child in June, making her New Zealand's first prime minister to be pregnant in office. Ardern was admitted to Auckland City Hospital on 21 June 2018, and gave birth to a girl at 4:45 pm (04:45 UTC) that day, becoming only the second elected head of government to give birth while in office (after Benazir Bhutto in 1990). On 24 June, Ardern revealed her daughter's given names as Neve Te Aroha. Neve is an anglicised form of the Irish name Niamh, meaning 'bright'; Aroha is Māori for 'love', and Te Aroha is a mountain in the Kaimai Range, near Ardern's home town of Morrinsville.