Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister of New Zealand

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Communication Studies
  • Public Relations

Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern completed a Bachelor of Communication Studies in Public Relations and Political Science at Waikato Management School from 1999 to 2001.

Elected Prime Minister at 37, Jacinda was born in Hamilton and grew up in Morrinsville and Murupara. After graduating from the University of Waikato, she spent time working as a researcher in the office of Minister of Foreign Affairs Phil Goff and then Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Jacinda then moved to London, where she worked as a senior policy advisor for the Better Regulation Executive in the UK Cabinet Office, with a focus on improving the way that local authorities interfaced with business. She was also seconded to the Home Office to assist with a review of policing in England and Wales.

In 2007 Jacinda became the second woman ever elected president of IUSY, the world's largest international political youth organisation with headquarters in Vienna, which saw her spend time in countries such as Jordan, Israel, Algeria and China.

Jacinda first stood as a candidate for the Labour Party in Waikato in 2008 and entered Parliament for the first time as a list MP. In February 2017 she became MP for Mt Albert in a by-election, and just a month later she was elected as deputy leader of the Labour Party.

Following Andrew Little's resignation, Jacinda was elected unopposed as leader of Labour on 1 August 2017. Within two months she was elected as New Zealand's third female Prime Minister.

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