February 16, 2023
Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s 40th prime minister and leader of the Labour Party, announced her resignation from the post on January 19. Ardern was born in Hamilton in New Zealand and joined the Labour Party at the age of 18 years. She became the youngest woman in the world to serve as a head of government when she was elected to the post of prime minister at the age of 37 in 2017. New Zealand’s first ‘well-being budget’, which addressed various issues including the welfare of children and mental health, was introduced under Ardern’s leadership. Chris Hipkins succeeded Ardern as New Zealand’s prime minister.