Jacinda Ardern to become New Zealand Prime Minister

Randolph Lopez
October 22, 2017

Former DJ, lapsed Mormon, noted feminist.

Well, a brief interaction with New Zealand's Prime Minister-designate has left one Australian journalist flabbergasted.

Winston Peters, the leader of the anti-immigration NZ First party, announced in a live TV broadcast that he would support Arden in a coalition government, after September's election returned a hung parliament. They will need the support of the eight Green party MPs to overcome the 50% +1 threshold to pass legislation.

Peters said the Greens will not be an official coalition party, meaning their support will be policy by policy.

Arden, 37, will become New Zealand's third female leader, speaking after the announcement said said it was an "absolute honor and a privilege.to form a government for all New Zealanders".

"I headed straight back to my studio apartment in Wellington and had a pot of noodles", she said.

The government's 100 days plan would stay "broadly stay the same" she said, and would include raising the student allowance by NZ$50, banning overseas speculators from buying existing houses, setting up ministerial inquiries into the mental health crisis and historic abuse of children in state care, and passing the healthy homes bill legislating that rental homes be dry and warm.

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National leader Bill English had been PM since December a year ago.

After she took control of Labour, the party surged in the polls, leading the press to coin the term "Jacindamania".

British Prime Minister Theresa May had also been in touch to offer her congratulations and Ardern was scheduled to speak to her on Friday night where she thought they would discuss issues of trade and security.

Yesterday, after weeks of post-election negotiations, New Zealanders finally got confirmation on who their next Prime Minister would be.

Asked how she reacted in that moment, Ms Ardern replied: "I felt an overwhelming sense of ... being incredibly honoured, privileged and humbled".

Still, the incumbent National party government began to expose a perceived weakness around the opposition's tax plans and remained favourites.

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