At just 37 years of age, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is the world’s youngest female Head of Government and given 8 March is International Women’s Day, it’s only fitting to feature a woman who will soon juggle motherhood alongside Prime Ministership.
Jacinda’s love for the arts once saw her playing to the crowds as a DJ at the annual Laneway Festival on Auckland’s waterfront and her use of social channels is injecting an entirely different spin into New Zealand politics.
Jacinda Ardern is the ultimate GirlBOSS and the so-called ‘Jacindamania’ is not without credit.
Splitting time between her home in Auckland and work in the country’s capital of Wellington, Jacinda shares her top spots and tips in the two cities, as well her favourite escapes.
Home is in one of Auckland’s inner suburbs, what are your favourite local haunts?
Anything within walking distance! I often pop round the corner to the Twisted Tomato or Mint Cakery. I won’t admit how often cupcakes form part of my weekend diet.
When you’re home in Auckland, where do you like to shop, and who are your favourite designers?
I’m a huge fan of home-grown design and designers, so that’s pretty much my starting point.
Jacinda Ardern chose Kate Sylvester for her swearing-in at Parliament and was photographed for Vogue in Harman Grubisa, by Auckland designers Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubisa, and Herriot by Wellington designer Bron Eichbaum, who is all about ‘small runs and sustainability’.
When you’re working in Wellington, what’s your go-to coffee stop, and the best place for lunch/dinner?
Proximity is king for me at the moment, which means the work caf, Bellamys by Logan Brown, wins most of the time! I have been known to order a takeaway curry or two from the Indus Restaurant which is just down the road from Premier House. But otherwise, anywhere that does a good cheeseboard is okay with me.
If you want to get away from it all, what’s your favourite weekend escape?
Spending time with family or heading out on the boat with my partner Clarke is a treat – but then again, so is the occasional weekend at home!
No visit to Auckland, the City of Sails, could ever be complete without getting out on the water, and you don’t have to have your own boat to make the most of it. From the downtown ferry terminal, take a ferry across the harbour and stroll the streets of charming Devonport, climb to the top of iconic Rangitoto Island’s volcanic slope, sip your way around Waiheke – the island of wine, or get your wildlife thrills on a Whale & Dolphin Safari.
From your own childhood memories, are there some must-do Kiwi family experiences that you’re excited about sharing with your little one?
Anything that involves the sea and sand. We would always head to the beach over summer, so that’s probably the simple thing I am looking forward to the most.
At Hot Water Beach, on the Coromandel Peninsula, you can dig your own hot bath in the sand at low tide thanks to natural thermal springs beneath the beach.
Mount Maunganui or Mauao (also known as The Mount) marks the entrance to Tauranga harbour, and a beachside community that has long been a favourite spot for summer camping holidays.