New Zealand finally has a new Prime Minister, 27 days after the last votes were counted. 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern will be the nation’s youngest leader in well over a century.

Michael McGuane reports.


With the dust finally settling on New Zealand’s election, Jacinda Ardern reflected on her hard-won victory.

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister-elect: “This has been a campaign that has been robust and rigorous.”

That robust debate saw Ms Ardern’s opponents attack her for inexperience, having only led the Labour Party for three months, but she insists there’s no bad blood.

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister-elect: “I want to thank Bill English for the role that he has played in that campaign and as Prime Minister.”

Ms Arden clinched the Kiwi leadership by forming a coalition with the New Zealand Greens and the New Zealand First party.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has congratulated the 37 year old on her victory.

Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister: “I’ve got no doubt that we will work together effectively, confidentially and constructively.”

Ms Ardern announced her Cabinet this afternoon.

There’s still no word on whether New Zealand First leader Winston Peters will be her deputy.

Michael McGuane, QUT News.