New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardren was born to her parents Ross and Laurell Ardren. Here is more about her family background and personal life.
Jacinda was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, on July 26, 1980. She was raised in Morrinsville and Murupara.
Since January 18, 2023, the 42-year-old has been the incumbent Prime Minister of New Zealand after she announced her resignation on February 7.
Ardern is the youngest national leader after being elected the Prime Minster of New Zealand at 37 on October 26, 2017.
She is also the only New Zealand leader to become pregnant while in office and the second world leader (after Benazir Bhutto) to be pregnant while in office.
After shockingly announcing her resignation, netizens are curious to know more about Jacinda’s family and personal life.
So, here is an article where we look at the incumbent Prime Minister’s family background and personal life.
Who Are Jacinda Ardern Parents Ross And Laurell Ardern?
Ross and Laurell Ardern are the parents of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Jacinda’s father, Ross, was stationed as a police officer in the Bay of Plenty town of Murupara, where she spent a few years of her childhood.
Ross has a twin brother, Ian Ardern, a Latter-day Saints Church general authority. They were born on February 28, 1954.
Former police officer Ross Ardern is also a diplomat; he was the administrator of Tokelau from 2018 to 2022.
He was Niue’s police commissioner from 2005 to 2009 and also the High Commissioner of New Zealand to Niue from 2014 to 2018.
Ross joined the New Zealand Police in 1974 and was one of the officers who carried out the Dawn Raids on the pacific Island families in the 1970s.
He served in the police department for 40 years, 20 of which he spent in the Criminal Investigation Branch.
Likewise, Jacinda’s mother, Laurell Ardern, worked as a catering assistant at a school.
Jacinda Ardern Siblings
Jacinda Ardern is the youngest of two daughters born to her parents; she has an older sister, Louise.
Louise is married to Ray Dussan, a Colombian by nationality. The couple dated for ten years before marrying in July 2017.
The couple resided in London, United Kingdom, until 2017, but later moved to New Zealand.
Louise and Ray are the parents of two children. Their elder child, a daughter, Isabella, was born in 2013.
Their younger child, a son, was born on the day Louise was sworn in as the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Louise informed that her father, Ross, was there with her during her Prime Minister coronation, and her mother, Laurell, was in the United Kingdom attending the birth of her grandchild.
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Jacinda Ardern Fiance And Children
Jacinda Ardern is engaged to Clark Gayford, a television presenter. The couple first met in 2012 but did not date for a while.
They started dating after Clark came to Jacinda for her views on a controversial Government Communications Security Bureau bill.
After dating for some years, Jacinda and Clark engaged on May 3, 2019, and decided to marry in January 2020.
However, due to the rise of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus, their planned marriage had to be postponed, and they are yet to marry.
Jacinda became the second head of government (after Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 1990) to give birth while in office.
She and Clark welcomed their daughter Neve Te Aroha on July 21, 2018, at Auckland City Hospital.
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