My grandma was a very traditional woman but, at the same time, would want me to have kids.

— Jacinda Ardern

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Issues like obesity do, as you well know, have a knock-on effect to diabetes.

So we all are better off if we invest early in prevention.

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The most difficult thing for us to do is to mitigate and offset our agricultural emissions. If we find a way to do that, then we're showing other countries how to do it, too.

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Everything I've ever thought about doing has been, in some sense, about helping people.

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I don't think that the next generation should fear just being who they are rather than confirming to an expectation of what they are meant to be.

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I worked as long in a fish and chip shop as I did in Parliament.

I've had particular experiences in politics, but they're not my only ones, and they're not the ones that defined me.

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I thought, how do I reflect the generosity, particularly of all the iwi who gifted us names - and Te Aroha seemed to be a way.

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There's probably a tendency to view power.

.. to be either based on size or the size and power of your economy. I think New Zealand's strength has always been using our voice on the issues that matter, and we've been consistent on it. There is power in that.

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One of the things I'm so determined to preserve and restore is the fact that you can be the kid who was born in Dinsdale and find yourself working for the British government in the U.K., to being prime minister.

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All of the things that people said that I would experience - that idea that you suddenly have this new person in your life that you could love so much and that time will go incredibly quickly, but that the nights will seem incredibly long - all of that has been true, but it has been wonderful.

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One of the criticisms I've faced over the years is that I'm not aggressive enough or assertive enough, or maybe somehow, because I'm empathetic, it means I'm weak. I totally rebel against that. I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong.

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Back in the early days of my political career, I was called Socialist Cindy.

I just hate the nickname Cindy.

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If we want to make workplaces more open, we need to acknowledge logistical challenges... by being more open, it might create a path for other women.

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About Jacinda Ardern

Quotes 71 sayings
Nationality New Zealander
Profession Politician
Birthday July 26, 1980

You can't ask other people to believe you and vote for you if you don't back yourself.

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I might be at the odd press conference with a little bit of spill on me because I'm not going to hide the imperfections of parenting. I don't think anyone needs that.

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I didn't think I would be prime minister, because I didn't consider it.

But that's the power of saying yes, because there will be a moment when someone asks you to do something beyond your comfort zone. I am not unique.

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Probably being in politics is the worst place for me to be.

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I am a thinker, and I do muse over things a lot and am constantly assessing whether I am doing enough or what I should be doing more of to make sure I am not letting anyone down.

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Te Aroha was something we settled on quite early.

It was our way of reflecting the amount of love this baby's been shown before she even arrived.

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I think that has to do with our perception of politics.

There are nice politicians. There is something about this job that does take an extra bit of motivation to get out of bed in the morning.

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The thing that drives people more often than not is they genuinely feel that they can make a difference. So that means there are nice people in politics.

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The wonderful police officers who spend time with me I don't think appreciate that, but I do still drive. I do still cook: not often, but just last week, I really felt like making one of my mum's old recipes - so I did. I do still go to our local department store to buy things like maternity jeans that no one else can really do for me.

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I do find it slightly offensive that everyone thinks that every New Zealander starred in either 'Lord of the Rings' or 'The Hobbit.'

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I am not the first woman to multi-task.

I am not the first woman to work and have a baby - there are many women who have done this before.

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Getting stopped in the middle of the lingerie section, when you're trying to stock up on a few things, by an older man who wants a selfie is a little bit awkward... but I don't let that get in the way of me trying to do normal things, because that is when I get to interact with people as well. Preferably not amongst the underwear, though.

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I have a partner who can be there alongside me, who's taking up a huge part of that joint responsibility, because he's a parent, too - he's not a babysitter.

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I hope for little girls and boys that there is a future where they can make choices about how they raise their family and what sort of career they have, which is based on what they want and what makes them happy.

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I have a collection of ukuleles. I meant to graduate to the guitar, but I never did.

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Yes, we believe in globalization and trade, but we also believe in you being able to benefit from that more. For too long, we progressives have seemed like part of the system. We need to start thinking about whether or not it's delivering for us now.

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When I came into politics, I remember reading these scorecards of my performance, and I would routinely have these comments about not being assertive enough.

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We've had a debate about immigration in New Zealand for some time.

Now what we're trying to champion in that conversation is a recognition that New Zealand has been built off immigration. I myself am a third-generation New Zealander.

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We know we've got a problem attracting to certain areas because of the cost of living, so we're thinking about things from how do we ensure key workers have accessible and affordable housing; also, how do we attract people into teaching as well.

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I definitely try not to get too caught up in putting too much of a gender or age assessment on everything - I've just got to get on with it.

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We're looking to ways to build in the responsibility we have on climate change and the way that we approach, potentially, climate change refuges in the future amongst our neighbors.

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The teacher crisis is something we are really worried about during the byelection in Mount Albert. I counted, across a month, seven teachers I identified just in my area who were all leaving - not the profession but Auckland.

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I'm constantly anxious about making mistakes.

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I credit the women who came before me and credit New Zealanders for welcoming me having a child... positivity outweighed negativity. I'm proud of the nation.

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The challenging thing from a work perspective is just the range of things on any given day that you're dealing with and making sure you have the head space to really be giving them the thought and consideration you'd like, too.

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I hate the idea of anyone thinking that I don't put a lot of thought about the cost to taxpayers. I make our ministers travel to events in vans to pool together.

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This stardust won't settle, because none of us should settle.

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I want to be a good leader, not a good lady leader.

I don't want to be known simply as the woman who gave birth.

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As soon as I came in as leader, we had seven weeks to an election, so we had to be entirely focused on the job we had in front of us.

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I'll be prime minister and a mum, and Clarke will be 'first man of fishing' and stay-at-home dad. I think it's fair to say that this will be a wee one that a village will raise, but we couldn't be more excited.

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I am sure having a baby around a working environment changes the tone a little bit.

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A lot of women in New Zealand feel like they have to make a choice between having babies and having a career or continuing their career. So is that a decision you feel you have to make or that you feel you've already made?

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If you sit and wait to feel like you are the most confident person in the room, you are probably going to be left by yourself.

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Taking on a leadership role doesn't mean that you only have to be personally ambitious.

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Ultimately, I do want us to be a transformative government.

I want, when we've left, for people to say we're not just clean-green anymore: we're carbon neutral, or we're striving to be.

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I have already been a big believer in a model of nurse/family partnerships: the idea of having - for those mums that might benefit from a bit of extra support - having those visits scaled up a bit. I believed in it before; I absolutely believe in it now. So that is probably one of the things that affirmed something I already supported.

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We spent the election campaign really canvassing where we were as a nation, deciding who had the mandate to change that up going forward. But I think the challenge for us will be, as with any government, your actions demonstrate your legacy.

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