Ardern new leader of the Labour Party

The new leader of New Zealand's Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern, speaks at her first press conference at Parliament in Wellington on Tuesday. Ardern was elected after Andrew Little stepped down just weeks before a general election, citing "disappointing" opinion polls. Less than 24 hours into her tenure, questions over her desire to have children led to a national upro

By Nikki Papatsoumas

Jacinda Ardern has been announced as the new leader of the Labour Party.

The announcement, which was made at the beginning of August, came after Andrew Little confirmed he would be standing down.

Little made the decision to stand down after polls revealed a steep drop in support for the Labour Party, and announced he would be endorsing Ardern, his deputy, as his successor.

Speaking at the time of his resignation, Little said while it was a sad decision, he had been privileged to lead a united team of Labour MPs.

“I’m proud to have been leader of the Labour Party, and have given this position my absolute and unwavering dedication, just as I have done so for more than 25 years in the Labour movement.

“New Zealand needs a Labour-led Government, and in order to achieve this Labour must fight without questions over its leadership.”

Ardern says her team were ready to run the campaign of their lives and says they will be positive, organised and ready.

“I am privileged and honoured to be Leader of the Labour Party.

“I am looking forward to the challenge of the election campaign where I will get the opportunity to talk to New Zealanders about Labour’s plan for a better and fairer New Zealand.

“This is what Labour has always stood for and under my leadership, will continue to stand for and fight for.

But will a change in leadership make a change in the polls?

Third year Health Science, Sport and Exercise student Stephanie Korad says she thinks it could.

“She is young and engaging, and better than Andrew Little. She can relate more to people I reckon. It’s fucking ridiculous having a white male leader for the past 12 years.

“Having a Prime Minister at her age is a breath of fresh air, it will bring something different. I would love to see what policy she comes up with that will promote a better New Zealand.”

Korad says she thinks it could potentially encourage more people to vote.

“She will get on platforms that will appeal to younger audiences, she is on Instagram and Twitter.”











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