20 January 2023 - Jacinda Ardern resigns as prime minister of New Zealand
Jacinda Ardern to resign as New Zealand's PM
(Sky News, 19/01/2023)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is resigning.
Her final day in office will be on 7 February - and a general election has been called for 14 October.
The 42-year-old, who became New Zealand's prime minister in 2017, choked back tears during an emotional news conference.
Jacinda Ardern’s resignation: gender and the toll of strong, compassionate leadership
Suze Wilson (The Conversation, 20/01/2023)
Uneasy is the head that wears the crown”, wrote Shakespeare, way back in the 1500s. It’s not a new idea that top-level leadership jobs are intensely stressful and pose a heavy toll. Extended periods of stress are known to put people at risk of burnout.
Māoridom reflects on Jacinda Ardern's premiership with mixed emotions
Ella Stewart (RNZ, 20/01/2023)
Jacinda Ardern-led governments advanced Māori health reforms, widened Māori representation in governance, and introduced the Matariki public holiday and the teaching of this country's history in schools.
Several Māori leaders across the motu reflected positively on those achievements when Ardern announced her resignation on Thursday afternoon.
From stardust to an empty tank: one-of-a-kind leader Jacinda Ardern knew her time was up
Tess McClure (The Guardian, 19/01/2023)
“Be strong, and be kind.” The prime minister’s words came at the close of a hastily scheduled press conference, announcing New Zealand’s first lockdown in the face of an unknown and deadly virus. For many New Zealanders, they became a catchphrase of the early pandemic, when the country succeeded in eliminating the coronavirus within its borders.