Jacinda Ardern has won the New Zealand election with a landslide majority.
Ardern has retained her leadership and people across the globe are celebrating the female leader’s win.
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Ardern has won a second term as Prime Minister of New Zealand after her opponent Judith Collins conceded before all the votes had been counted.
And Ardern, as the nation had expected, was victorious, despite it being the first landslide victory in over 20 years.
Speaking shortly after the result, Ardern said:
Tonight’s result has been strong and it is clear that Labour will lead the government for the next three years. We will build back better from the Covid crisis. This is our opportunity to take on poverty and inequality. Let’s step forward together.
We will not take your support for granted. And I can promise you we will be a party that governs for every New Zealander.
But just in case you were wondering why she’s won her second term in office – then take a look at the examples below.
And much of that is down to the leadership of their Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern.
And she immediately stood out from the rest.
Ardern’s approach is certainly one of the most celebrated, especially when it comes down to how fast she acted.
According to Vogue, a recent poll found that Ardern is the country’s most popular leader in a hundred years, with ninety-two percent of respondents saying they support the measures she has implemented.
There are a whole host of other factors that have led Ardern to be held in such high regard.
On 15 March 2019, New Zealand, for the first time in its modern history, witnessed a horrific terrorist attack on the Muslim community.
Ardern, who is agnostic, held a press conference to deliver a message to bring her country’s citizens together.
“They are us,” she said of the victims. “New Zealand has been chosen because it was safe, because it was no place for hatred or racism. Because we represent diversity, kindness, compassion, home for those who share our values. Refuge for those who need it.”
Then, addressing the shooter, she said: “You may have chosen us – we utterly reject and condemn you.”
She immediately implemented tighter gun laws across the nation.
And has been used as an example of how leadership should be done.
For Ardern, it’s clear that achieving gender equality is at the top of her agenda.
“Kindness, and not being afraid to be kind, or to focus on, or be really driven by empathy,” she has said of what is at the core of her leadership approach. “I think one of the sad things that I’ve seen in political leadership is – because we’ve placed over time so much emphasis on notions of assertiveness and strength – that we probably have assumed that it means you can’t have those other qualities of kindness and empathy. And yet, when you think about all the big challenges that we face in the world, that’s probably the quality we need the most.”
She is only the third female prime minister of New Zealand, and at forty-years-old, the second youngest prime minister, and the youngest female prime minister.
Ardern said that sanitary supplies for a monthly period were not a luxury, but a necessity, and that too many girls were skipping school because they weren’t able to afford pads and tampons.
“We know that nearly 95,000 9-to-eighteen-year-olds may stay at home during their periods due to not being able to afford period products. By making them freely available, we support these young people to continue learning at school,” she said at the time.
And, she was once again praised for her empathetic approach to the disaster, which claimed the lives of sixteen people.
Paying tribute to those who were tragically killed, she said: “Many people did extraordinary things to save lives, those who have been lost are now forever linked to New Zealand, and we will hold them close.”
And it seems this week, there’s been another string added to the country’s bow.
The index ranks 193 United Nations member states and 6 territories by the number of countries their travel documents can gain them access to… and it seems like New Zealand came out on top.
That’s currently forty-nine more countries than during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.
Meanwhile, people in the United Kingdom can only get into 126 countries at the moment, a decrease from 169 last year.
The mobility score here in the states only recovered by fifteen percent to ninety-two countries.
“New Zealand’s excellent handling of the Covid-19 crisis is reflected in its citizens quickly being accepted to travel to other nations,” he told the site.
“USA passport holders, for example, were able to travel to the same number of countries as New Zealand (eighty). Due to the poor handling of Covid-19, not many countries welcome American travelers and their Mobility Score has only recovered by fifteen percent to ninety-two countries.”
*Googles how to move to New Zealand*