Jacinda Ardern

Fiji PM expresses gratitude to Ardern

He has joined leaders around the world in paying tribute to Ardern’s leadership over the past five years.

Rabuka said Ardern’s charisma and humility gave her a natural empathy with Pacific islanders.

He added that Ardern consolidated New Zealand’s relationship with Fiji and other island states and it was during a period when the Pacific was becoming increasingly important in international affairs.

Rabuka highlighted an incident that took place when Ardern visited Fiji in 2020.

Jacinda Ardern exits Parliament as Prime Minister for final time

She was greeted on Parliament's steps by fellow Cabinet ministers, MPs, staff and onlookers, who she greeted with emotional farewells.

Her formal resignation was confirmed by the Governor-General who then swore in her replacement, Chris Hipkins.

The Prince and Princess of Wales, William and Kate, have also paid tribute to Ardern's leadership on Twitter.

     

Jacinda Ardern to resign as prime minister in February

She has also announced the 2023 election will be on October 14.

Ardern said she is entering her sixth year in office and it has been a challenging role. 

You cannot and should not do the role unless you have a full tank, she says. She said she hoped over summer she would be able to prepare for another term, but she has not been able to do that.

Newshub reports the Prime Minister said her term has seen a major biosecuity incursion, a terror attack, a natural disaster, a global pandemic and an economic crisis.

Jacinda Ardern discusses latest from Pacific Islands Forum

Jacinda Ardern is attending the forum alongside Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta.

The funding announced for Pacific crop seeds this afternoon allowed the preservation of the region's biodiversity, "which is incredibly important to all of us", Ardern said.

She said it was important for the region to move away as much as possible from the reliance on fossil fuels.

Jacinda Ardern and Samoa's PM hold media briefing

Fiamē who is on a three-day trip to Aotearoa is making her first official bilateral trip abroad since becoming leader last year.

Her visit marks 60 years of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Samoa and the 60th anniversary of Samoa's independence.

At a media briefing after talks with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Fiamē said: "There are no discussions between Samoa and China on militarisation at all."

She said the Pacific nations would discuss China's security proposals at the Pacific Islands Forum due to take place from 12 July.

New Zealand PM Ardern congratulates Samoa’s first woman Prime Minister Fiame Mata’afa

Ardern spoke with Fiame yesterday morning.

“This is such a historic moment for Samoa’s democracy.”

“New Zealand has a special relationship with Samoa based on our history and our Treaty of Friendship, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work together on the challenges we’re both facing. Our warm congratulations again,” Ardern said.

On Friday, the Court of Appeal found that the swearing in ceremony by Fiame’s Faatuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T) Party which took place under a tent at Tiafau Malae on 24 May 2021, was lawful.

Ardern to chair July 16 meeting

The 40-year-old PM said this is the first time in APEC’s history that leaders have held an additional meeting at Leaders’ level, and it reflects their desire to navigate together out of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis.

“APEC economies have suffered their biggest contraction since the Second World War over the past year, with 81 million jobs lost. Responding collectively is vital to accelerate the economic recovery for the region,” she stated.

“We have great faith in the system of Samoa”: New Zealand PM

Ardern made the comment during a press conference in NZ on Wednesday.

With the ongoing political crisis in the Island nation, Ardern said they trust the system in Samoa.

“We hold great faith in the system of Samoa. Their electoral system, their judiciary system, the rulings of the court and their ability to use those institutions to resolve the impasse leveraged.”

“And if you look into those institutions, they are very clearly delivered a path for Samoa.”

Ardern also said they are always keen on knowing the progress made in any Pacific island countries.

Ardern speaks with US President-elect Joe Biden

Speaking at the weekly post-Cabinet media conference this afternoon, Ardern says she had a "positive and warm" phone call with Biden.

The conversation focused on working co-cooperatively on issues of mutual interest, she says, and Biden spoke positively on NZ's response to the pandemic.

Ardern extended an invitation to Biden to come to New Zealand, saying it seemed only natural considering Australia had already done so for the anniversary of ANZUS next year.

Pacific leaders congratulate NZ's Ardern

Fiji's Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama said his country looked forward to enhancing its bilateral engagements with New Zealand and advancing regional and global issues of common interests to both countries.

He said through the leadership of Ardern, the Pacific region would become stronger and more resilient together when negotating the unprecendented challenges that existed.

The Cook Islands Prime Minister, Mark Brown, said he texted his congratulations to Ardern and looked forward to working closely with her.