Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Ardern is the current Prime Minister of New Zealand, who assumed office on 26 October 2017. At 37, she became the youngest female head of a government. On 21 June 2018, she gave birth to a daughter, Neve Te Aroha, becoming the world’s second elected head of government to give birth while in office. Former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto was the first. Ardern is New Zealand’s third female PM, after Jenny Shipley (1997–1999) and Helen Clark (1999–2008). Interestingly, after graduating, Ardern worked as a researcher in Clark’s office. Ardern, on June 8 2020, declared that her country is coronavirus free, and lifted almost all restrictions. International media praised her for the swift action she took as a response to the outbreak.

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New Zealand is coronavirus free: Here's what it did right

08 Jun 2020

New Zealand is coronavirus free: Here's what it did right

As countries around the world continue to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, New Zealand has declared that it is coronavirus free now.

NZ 'halfway down Everest'; unveils plan to ease coronavirus lockdown

07 May 2020

NZ 'halfway down Everest'; unveils plan to ease coronavirus lockdown

New Zealand, which has been receiving praises for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, has unveiled plans to further ease its nationwide lockdown.

New Zealand 'eliminates' coronavirus; cases down to single digits

27 Apr 2020

New Zealand 'eliminates' coronavirus; cases down to single digits

New Zealand has achieved its goal of "elimination" of the coronavirus as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said they have "won the battle" against community transmission.

#CoronavirusOutbreak: Kiwi cricketers in self-isolation after returning from Australia

20 Mar 2020

#CoronavirusOutbreak: Kiwi cricketers in self-isolation after returning from Australia

New Zealand cricketers and support staff members are into a 14-day self-isolation period after returning from their aborted Australia tour, due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

Five dead as New Zealand volcano erupts on tourists

09 Dec 2019

Five dead as New Zealand volcano erupts on tourists

At least five persons were killed while several others were unaccounted for after a volcano erupted at a popular tourist spot in New Zealand.

After attending 'Howdy Modi' event, Trump will meet Imran Khan

21 Sep 2019

After attending 'Howdy Modi' event, Trump will meet Imran Khan

US President Donald Trump's schedule for the next couple of days is jam-packed as he will meet several leaders from across the globe.

Extremism must be defeated, Britain's prince tells NZ mosque survivors

26 Apr 2019

Extremism must be defeated, Britain's prince tells NZ mosque survivors

In an emotional meeting with the survivors of the New Zealand mosques massacre, Britain's Prince William appealed today for "extremism in all forms" to be defeated.

Well-educated, privileged: What we know about Sri Lanka attacks' terrorists

24 Apr 2019

Well-educated, privileged: What we know about Sri Lanka attacks' terrorists

On Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka was hit by a dastardly terror attack wherein eight bombs went off in various areas in and around the capital Colombo. The death toll has surged to 359 and over 500 are injured.

New Zealand terrorist nabbed on way to third attack: Police

21 Mar 2019

New Zealand terrorist nabbed on way to third attack: Police

A top New Zealand official said that Brenton Tarrant, the terrorist who attacked two mosques last week, was on the way to another attack when he was nabbed by police.

Mosque gunman will face 'full force of law', vows PM

19 Mar 2019

Mosque gunman will face 'full force of law', vows PM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised today that the man responsible for last week's deadly mosque massacres would face "the full force of the law", as she vowed never to utter his name.

New Zealand terrorist fires lawyer, will represent himself in court

18 Mar 2019

New Zealand terrorist fires lawyer, will represent himself in court

Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old terrorist who opened fire in New Zealand last week, has fired his lawyer and will represent himself in court.

#NewZealandTerrorAttack: Indian High Commission issues helpline numbers for victims' families

17 Mar 2019

#NewZealandTerrorAttack: Indian High Commission issues helpline numbers for victims' families

Releasing the list of five Indians who were brutally killed along with 45 others in New Zealand Christchurch attack on Friday, the Indian High Commission today announced a set of helpline numbers to help the families of victims.

5 Indians among 50 dead in New Zealand terror attack

17 Mar 2019

5 Indians among 50 dead in New Zealand terror attack

The Indian High Commission in New Zealand has confirmed that five Indians died in the terror attack which happened on Friday.

NZ mosque attack: Extremist's face remains expressionless while being charged

16 Mar 2019

NZ mosque attack: Extremist's face remains expressionless while being charged

A right-wing extremist, who filmed himself rampaging through two mosques in the quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch killing 49 worshippers, appeared in court on a murder charge today.

#NewZealandTerrorAttack: One Indian-origin man among 49 dead, six missing

16 Mar 2019

#NewZealandTerrorAttack: One Indian-origin man among 49 dead, six missing

One man of Indian origin was among the 49 who were brutally killed when two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch area were attacked on Friday. According to IE, two Indians are injured and six are missing.

New Zealand: Australian-born shooter opened fire at mosques, 40 killed

15 Mar 2019

New Zealand: Australian-born shooter opened fire at mosques, 40 killed

40 people died and 20 got injured after gunmen attacked two mosques in Christchurch area of New Zealand, the country's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed.

It's a girl! New Zealand PM blessed with first child

21 Jun 2018

It's a girl! New Zealand PM blessed with first child

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a baby girl in an Auckland hospital today, becoming the second world leader to do so while in office.