New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern just turned 40 and now claims record high approval ratings in Newshub latest polls for herself and her Labor party.
The following are her landmark achievements recognising internationally her highly successful leadership:
- At 37, she became the world’s youngest head of state in 2017, as New Zealand’s Prime Minister.
- On 21 June 2018, less than a year into her tenure as PM, she became the first sitting New Zealand PM to give birth and the second female state leader to do so in the world. She became the first world leader to bring baby to the UN general assembly and challenged more expectations.
- She has transformed public assumptions about women in leadership. She offers the world transparency (frequently posting videos, updates and news on social media and about her role as a parent).
- She received universal praise for her leadership in the aftermath of the Christchurch shooting, where an alt-right white supremacist killed 51 people and injured 49 in two mosques.
- Just six days after the shootings, she announced gun control measures to ban all types of semi-automatic weapons. She banned military-style semi-automatics less than a month after Christchurch shootings.
- She pledged to to provide period products to all girls earlier this year, She made a public commitment to end “period poverty” by giving all school-aged people who have periods free sanitary products.
- In late April 2020, she announced that there was no longer any undetected community transmission of COVID-19 in NZ and that her country had effectively “eliminated” the virus.