The election also saw Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and his small New Zealand First party voted out. "Tonight's result has been strong and it is clear that Labour will lead the government for the next three years. Helen Clark, a former New Zealand prime minister for whom Ardern worked after university, said the young leader represents a refreshing and sharp point of difference in a world where news is dominated by utterances of populist and authoritarian leaders. Despite promising a transformational term in 2017, Ardern’s affordable housing program was set back by blunders, plans for a capital gains tax that would have addressed the growing rich-poor divide were scrapped, and her government fell woefully short of its goal to reduce child poverty. New Zealand has had fewer than 2,000 cases of the virus including 25 deaths. Ardern, raised a Mormon by her mother and police officer father, left the church over its stance on LGBTQ people in the early 2000s and has since described herself as agnostic. “Every day we will be out there earning every vote. Typically, parties must form alliances to govern, but this time Ardern and Labour can go it alone. Praveen Menon WELLINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Jacinda Ardern turned speaking from the heart and smiling through adversity into a winning formula for a blowout re-election as New Zealand’s leader on Saturday. The results of both referendums will be announced Oct. 30. But populist New Zealand First Party, dropped to 2%, which means it could be booted out of parliament unless it wins an electorate seat. In a victory speech in front of hundreds of cheering supporters in Auckland, Ardern said her party had gotten more support from New Zealanders that at any time in at least 50 years. Today is National Voter Registration Day! The following year, she became only the second world leader to give birth while in office. But your state may let you vote during a designated early voting period. In the 90-minute debate Collins, 61, described the election as the most important in a generation, and promised she would cut taxes immediately, spend billions on infrastructure, build more homes and manage COVID-19 quarantine facilities better. The Auckland outbreak also prompted Ardern to postpone the election by a month and helped increase the early voter turnout. On the campaign trail, Ardern was greeted like a rock star by people who crammed into malls and spilled onto streets to cheer her on and get selfies with her. Collins, 61, was promising sweeping tax cuts in response to the economic downturn caused by the virus. Ardern, 40, won the top job after the 2017 election when Labour formed an alliance with two other parties. — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 17, 2020. Read more: ©2020 Verizon Media.

Sometimes circumstances make it hard or impossible for you to vote on Election Day. You don't need an excuse to vote early. Her Labour Party won a landslide victory in the general election, a resounding mandate that ushers in New Zealand’s first purely left-leaning government in decades and may allow her to form a single-party government. Labour was on target to win an outright majority of the seats in Parliament, something that hasn’t happened since New Zealand implemented a proportional voting system 24 years ago. All rights reserved. “Humanity, kindness, an innate sense of our connection to each other. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term in office Saturday in an election landslide of historic proportions. Whether it’s fighting climate change, empowering women and girls around the world, or ensuring equitable vaccine distribution, I look forward to continuing our work together – and keeping the Canada-New Zealand friendship strong. Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter, Register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot today.

“I think in this election, New Zealanders have shown that this is not who we are.”.

It is your right and your responsibility. “This has not been an ordinary election, and it’s not an ordinary time,” she said. Please read our Commenting Policy first. Ardern, 40, won the top job at the 2017 election. With New Zealand having the advantage of being an isolated island nation, the strategy worked.

For the Nov 3 election: States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus. Ardern’s popularity as preferred prime minister was steady at 54%, while Collins dropped to 18%. Ardern swiftly imposed a second lockdown in Auckland and the new outbreak faded away. New Zealand heads to the polls on Oct. 17 and advance voting began on Saturday.

Many took her pregnancy and maternity leave in office as symbolizing progress for women leaders. The general election win ushers in New Zealand’s first purely left-leaning government in decades. A record number of voters cast early ballots in the two weeks leading up to the election. Collins promised that the party would be back to fight another day.

The only new cases found recently have been among returning travellers, who are in quarantine. With … WELLINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Jacinda Ardern turned speaking from the heart and smiling through adversity into a winning formula for a blowout re-election as New Zealand’s leader on Saturday. New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern encourages supporters to vote in upcoming election. More updates here: https://t.co/OFJsmy9Jl9 pic.twitter.com/qgmdtGOY2R. The 1News-Colmar Brunton poll showed support for Ardern’s Labour Party was at 48%, down 5 percentage points from the last poll in July, but still enough to give it a majority in parliament. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second term in office Saturday in an election landslide of historic proportions.

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is on course for a historic election win next month, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday, as New Zealanders cheered her success in containing the novel coronavirus. Ardern promised not to take her new supporters for granted and to govern for all New Zealanders. Visit the state elections site. New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern Storms To Landslide Re-Election Victory. Polling hours on Election Day: Varies by state/locality. Read more: The libertarian ACT Party increased its support to 8 per cent and the Green Party won 7.5 per cent of the votes.

The election also saw Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and his small New Zealand First party voted out. Voters elected 120 members to the House of Representatives under New Zealand's mixed-member proportional (MMP) voting … There is currently no community spread of the virus in the nation of 5 million and people are no longer required to wear masks or social distance. In the election, voters also had a say on two contentious social issues _ whether to legalize marijuana and euthanasia.

She became a role model for working mothers around the world, many of whom saw her as a counterpoint to U.S. President Donald Trump. In late March this year, when only about 100 people had tested positive for COVID-19, Ardern and her health officials put New Zealand into a strict lockdown with a motto of “Go hard and go early.” She shut the borders and outlined an ambitious goal of eliminating the virus entirely rather than just trying to control its spread. “We are living in an increasingly polarized world, a place where, more and more, people have lost the ability to see one another’s point of view,” she said. Part of HuffPost World News.

She delivered a ban on semiautomatic firearms and other gun curbs, a stark contrast to the United States, where lawmakers and activists have struggled to address gun violence despite numerous mass shootings. In a speech to her supporters in Auckland, Collins said she’d called Ardern to congratulate her. And a belief that we are guardians, not just of ourhome and our planet, but of each other.”, Your vote is your voice! New Zealand’s economy fell into its deepest recession on record in the second quarter. Asked by a television presenter, hours after being appointed Labour leader in 2017, whether she planned to have children, Ardern said it was “totally unacceptable in 2017 to say that women should have to answer that question in the workplace.”. Ardern burst onto the global scene in 2017 when she became the world’s youngest female head of government at the age of 37. “There are many disappointed with the pace of change.”. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. “I think it’s fair to say they have not achieved what they had hoped to achieve,” said Ganesh Nana, Research Director at Wellington economic think tank BERL. “It is an outstanding result for the Labour Party,” Collins said. Even on climate change, which Ardern called “my generation’s nuclear-free moment,” progress has been incremental.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is on course for a historic election win next month, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday, as New Zealanders … Within three months of arriving in the world, her daughter Neve Te Aroha was at the U.N. General Assembly in New York with her mother. Ardern, 40, also holds huge global appeal due to her response to last year’s attack by a white supremacist on two mosques, a fatal volcanic eruption and her success with the COVID-19 outbreak.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern casts vote early in country’s general election.

“We’re the people who get stuff done,” said Collins. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern won a second mandate on Saturday in an election landslide of historic proportions. See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays. Ardern is feted globally as part of a new wave of progressive and young leaders that include France’s Emmanuel Macron and Canada’s Justin Trudeau.