Since she was elected as the 40th prime minister of New Zealand in 2017, at the time becoming the youngest national leader in the world, Jacinda Ardern has guided the country through crises including a huge deadly volcanic eruption, the worst terrorist attack in New Zealand’s history and a global pandemic.
Beyond those events which have made international headlines, domestically Ardern’s Labour Party has passed legislation aimed at improving the health, wealth and wellbeing of the country.
As she turns 40 on Sunday, Ardern’s approval ratings are among the highest she’s ever had – new polling out today shows her party on a record 60.9 per cent, while her personal approval rating hit 63 per cent at the peak of the coronavirus crisis.
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