Jacinda Ardern’s first term as New Zealand’s prime minister – in pictures

Jacinda Ardern has secured a second term as leader after a resounding victory in the country’s general election. The Labour leader had led a coalition government since October 2017, ending nearly a decade of National rule. During her first term Ardern had to deal with responses to the Christchurch terrorist atrocity, the Whakaari volcano eruption […]

Danger lurks for Ardern even as her star power dominates New Zealand election

She is wildly popular in the polls but significant risk lies in Labour’s decision to pin all their hopes on their leader’s profile Read our weekly election briefing On the lush green grounds of New Zealand’s oldest university, prime minister Jacinda Ardern is getting mobbed. Half a dozen police officers clear a path through the […]

New Zealand National party leader yearns for the star treatment

In the election Judith Collins is up against one of the most popular PMs in recent times “I’ve been having an awfully fun time, can you tell?” Judith Collins, the leader of New Zealand’s centre-right National party enthused, to a campaign trail meeting packed with her admirers outside the South Island city of Dunedin. “I […]

Two sex scandals in a week: New Zealand faces reckoning over MPs’ behaviour

Exits of an MP and a minister might signal a new attitude in a nation where politicians’ private lives have traditionally been off-limits After a New Zealand MP quit and a minister was fired in successive days over allegations of sexual misconduct or inappropriate relationships, New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, was asked by a […]

From celebration to dismay: the week Covid-19 re-emerged in New Zealand

Gaps in the country’s coronavirus defences have taken the shine off its triumphant story Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage It had been a triumphant story of national unity and political leadership combining to vanquish a virus that still plagues most nations on the planet. But just a week after New Zealanders […]

New Zealand TV presenter ‘deeply sorry’ for her disturbing Jacinda Ardern cake

Laura Daniel experimented with baking during the national lockdown, and regretted it A tribute to the prime minister of New Zealand has gone horribly wrong, after a television presenter attempted to render Jacinda Ardern in cake form, and failed spectacularly. Laura Daniel said the common wisdom was “don’t bake your heroes” but she wanted to […]

Jacinda Ardern and ministers take 20% pay cut in solidarity with those hit by Covid-19

New Zealand PM says: ‘If there was ever a time to close the gap between groups of people across New Zealand in different positions, it is now’ New Zealand’s prime minister has said she and other ministers will take a 20% pay cut to show solidarity with those affected by the coronavirus outbreak, as the […]

Covid-19: how world leaders responded to the crisis

While Jair Bolsonaro sabotaged quarantine efforts in Brazil, Jacinda Ardern was quietly impressive in New Zealand. Observer writers assess premiers’ reactions to the pandemic Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, is one of only a handful of world leaders who have played down Covid-19’s threat, for instance by sabotaging […]

Sex toy sales triple during New Zealand’s coronavirus lockdown

Speculation rife about an impending baby boom, but experts say uncertain times mean this is unlikely Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage They were warned by the officials against stockpiling toilet paper or flour. But that’s not all New Zealanders have been hoarding, according to the nation’s largest retailer of sex toys, […]

New Zealand election: Ardern resists calls for delay amid Covid-19 outbreak

Just 29 new cases recorded as deputy prime minister calls on Ardern to move election from September to November Jacinda Ardern has refused to postpone New Zealand’s September elections over the coronavirus pandemic, despite calls for a delay from her deputy and the deputy opposition leader. On Thursday New Zealand recorded a significant drop in […]