On 26 October 2017, she was elected as the youngest female Prime Minister of New Zealand – she would’ve been the youngest ever PM if she was born just 53 days earlier – and she’s just won a landslide victory for a second term.
Throughout her tenure, she’s gone through highs, lows and a very shaky moment – literally, as she experienced an earthquake while giving a live TV interview.
But to celebrate the win of one of the most revered world leaders, we've compiled a list of some of her most unforgettable moments from her first term in office.
1. When she explained why everyone laughed at Trump at a UN meeting
In 2018, Donald Trump gave a speech to the UN. In it he claimed:
In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.
At this point, laughter broke out in the audience. He then added:
The audience laughed even louder.
Speaking about the incident with Stephen Colbert, Ardern said the first round of laughter was at him and the second was with him.
She stayed out of it all though, of course...
2. When she became the first NZ PM to march in an LGBTQ+ Pride event
In 2018, Ardern was the first ever NZ PM to march in a Pride parade.
This year, she was announced – alongside her gay finance minister, Grant Roberston – to be headlining Global Pride.
Let’s all recommit to keep doing the work that’s required and make sure that we show that international solidarity so that everyone can celebrate who they are, no matter where in the world they live.
3. When she pledged to provide period products to girls in New Zealand
In June, she promised to spend NZ$2.6m (US$1.7m) on a scheme that would provide free sanitary products (aka tampons, pads, menstrual cups, etc) to schools in an effort to tackle period poverty.
At the time, Ardern said an estimated 95,000 girls aged nine to 18 are believed to miss school during their periods because they can't afford the necessary products to manage them.
4. When she cut her own pay
At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Ardern proposed pay cuts for senior members of her government as an act of solidarity to people struggling financially while in lockdown.
After some delay, it took effect on 9 July.
5. When she was caught in an earthquake on live TV
In May, Jacinda Ardern was doing a live TV interview and then an earthquake hit the studio she was in.
Without even flinching, she carried on and coolly said:
There’s just so much we’ve learnt about Covid and that flexibility of people working from home, the productivity that can be driven out of that.
I’d really encourage people to think about that if you’re an employer and in a position to do so. To think about if that’s something that would work for your workplace because it certainly would help tourism all around the country.
We'll come back to you, no problem. I do worry about your sleep at the moment, though, Jason.
21. When she brought her daughter into a UN speech
Ardern made headlines in 2018 after she brought her daughter into a UN General Assembly in New York.
On the global reaction, she said at the time:
I love that people have shared in this joy with us, and that’s been because I have a really public role and so I accept that means that our family life will be quite public… But at the same time, I’ve chosen a public life, Neve hasn’t.
22. When she confirmed the Easter bunny and tooth fairy are ‘essential workers’
During the height of the coronavirus pandemic in April, Ardern confirmed that the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy are “essential workers” and didn’t have to adhere to strict social distancing rules.