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Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Three reasons why Jacinda Ardern's coronavirus response has been a masterclass in crisis leadership
By Suze Wilson, Imagine, if you can, what it's like to make decisions on which the lives of tens of thousands of other people depend. If you get things wrong, or delay deciding, they die. Your decisions affect the livelihoods of hundreds of...
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
New Zealand: It's reigning men, media portrayal and betrayal of 2 women PMs
By Blair Williams, During her nine years as New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Helen Clark was held in high regard for her skill and courage as a politician and advocate for nuclear disarmament and public health policy. She wasn’t the country’s first...
Friday, November 01, 2019
New Zealand: Enhancing women’s political participation the focus
This coming week, members of the New Zealand Parliament will be involved in two events aimed at strengthening women’s political participation and recognising the importance of diversity in democratic institutions. In Turkey, Deputy Speaker Hon Anne...
Friday, October 18, 2019
Women candidates win over voters in local elections in New Zealand
Local Government New Zealand today confirmed what many local election commentators have observed; that more of the voting public cast their ballots in favour of women candidates than ever before. Women now make up over 42% of all local government...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Record number of new mayors and young members revealed
Voters in the 2019 local elections have elected the largest number of new mayors in 30 years, with 26 candidates set to don mayoral chains for the first time later this month. This injection of new blood into the sector has been mirrored in other...
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Helen Clark, radio interview
New Zealand's first elected female Prime Minister, Helen Clark became active in politics while studying at the University of Auckland. In this radio interview from election night in 1981, you can hear the newly-elected MP for Mt Albert talking about...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Jacinda Ardern is showing the world what real leadership is: sympathy, love and integrity
By Suzanne Moore, Out of the horror inflicted by those who cannot accept the world as it is, comes a vision of a better world. It comes from above and it comes from below. It comes from ordinary people. Supermarkets in Wellington suburbs have sold...
Thursday, January 31, 2019
The Kindness Quotient Jacinda Ardern is the world’s anti-Trump
By Helen Clark, Jacinda Ardern’s sudden, spectacular rise to the position of New Zealand’s prime minister in 2017 propelled her into headlines around the world. Deservedly so. In an era defined by the emergence of populist leaders who are often...
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Record level of women in New Zealand Parliament
There are 46 women in the 52nd Parliament of New Zealand, the highest level of representation for women in its history. Women make up 38.4 percent of the total 120 MPs in the new Parliament, a boost of 7 percent on the previous Parliament which was...
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Jacinda Ardern makes history with baby Neve at UN general assembly
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has made history as the first world leader to attend the United Nations general assembly meeting with her baby in tow. Ardern appeared with her three-month-old daughter at the UN on Monday evening, and...
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Lady of the Rings: Jacinda Rules
Jacinda Ardern, one of the young, progressive leaders countering Donald Trump, talks about being only the second world leader to give birth. At first, the skies were cloudless in the Land of the Long White Cloud. When she took office last October at...
Friday, August 24, 2018
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern reminds media she's not the first woman to give birth
New Zealand’s Prime Minister and new mom Jacinda Ardern gets on with work, the CEO of Citigroup Latin America could be a contender for the top job, an Iranian photojournalist gets the shot despite being banned, an Australian senator sues her...
Friday, August 03, 2018
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern returns from maternity leave
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has returned to work after spending "the fastest six weeks" of her life on maternity leave. Ms Ardern, 38, had her daughter, Neve Te Aroha, in June, making her the second world leader to give birth while...
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Jennifer Curtin: PM's baby is a chance to improve Parliament for parents
Many New Zealanders might be feeling a little excited, and even just a little bit proud of the fact that we have a woman prime minister with a newborn baby. A few are busy trolling anyone on Twitter who dares congratulate Jacinda Ardern and her...
Thursday, May 17, 2018
MP who called Jacinda Ardern a ‘stupid little girl’ refuses to own up
Member of New Zealand’s opposition made comment about prime minister in parliament A male MP from New Zealand’s opposition party who called the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, a “stupid little girl” remains unidentified more than a week after making...
Monday, October 23, 2017
Jacinda Ardern becomes New Zealand's youngest woman leader
New Zealand is set for a centre-left coalition government led by Labour head Jacinda Ardern. Ms Ardern has been opposition leader for the last three months. At 37, she is set to be the country's youngest prime minister since 1856. Her Labour Party...
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Monday, April 17, 2017
New Zealand: Invercargill electorate candidates say women in politics is 'the new normal'
Invercargill has smashed through the glass ceiling, a candidate for the 2017 election says.  Four women are vying for the top spot in this year's election - but there's no sense among any of them that this is anything usual.  They've all had their...
Monday, September 22, 2014
Beijing +20 National Review, New Zealand
New Zealand has a proud and growing history of women holding high-profile leadership and decision-making positions. New Zealand has had two women Prime Ministers: Dame Jenny Shipley from December 1997 to December 1999; and Helen Clark from December...