Jacinda Arden resigns as the Prime Minister of New Zealand


Zenil Koovejee & Maximilien Kiyoi

Ardern was born on July 26, 1980 in Hamilton, New Zealand to a Mormon family.

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s 40th Prime Minister, announced her resignation on January 19, concluding her 6 years of service as one of the youngest female leaders around the world. Chris Hipkins, Arden’s successor, has already assumed the position of Prime Minister as a member of the New Zealand National Labour Party

“New Zealand has seen such tremendous growth over the last couple of years. I think we can owe a lot of that to Arden,” said New Zealand resident Manjula Kathravati

Many experts have noted Arden for her revolutionary, transparent, and cool-headed approach to governance. Being one of the few prime ministers to be pregnant and take maternity leave while in office, Ardern did not hide the imperfections of parenting.

“I’m just pregnant, not incapacitated…like everyone else who has found themselves pregnant before, I’m just keeping on going,” said Ardern.

Following a deadly shooting at two mosques in 2019, Ardern received global recognition for her response, banning military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles in New Zealand. Also, Arden was praised for her response to the rapid spread of COVID-19. Her swiftness in addressing both issues have become a notable example of seeing a problem and fixing it in a simple, unique, and effective way.

“I think just being able to have the correct mindset does not matter regardless of your gender. What really matters is keeping a cool head and making good decisions,” said Danica Milovic (‘25).

Some of the main sources of opposition that Arden has faced comes from members of the National Party, as well as certain interest groups and individuals who disagree with her policies and actions. Additionally, Arden has faced criticism from some members of the media and political commentators.

“In my view, Arden was a modern leader. We need more people like her,” said Kathravati. 

A role model for women, Ardern was known for her ability to speak directly to the people, offering her support, guidance, and direction in times of need. Many political commentators have noted that while no longer in the highest office, her legacy will continue for generations to come. 

“I think it is amazing for any sort of person who can become pregnant or any sort of woman out there to see that she can follow every single one of her dreams. She can be a mother and she can be nurturing. but she can also stand for what she believes is right,” said Maria Clara Sapriza (‘24)