News / UK and world by Press Association March 19, 2019, 2:33 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed never to speak the name of the alleged Christchurch gunman and said the person responsible would face the “full force of the law”. In an impassioned speech to the country’s parliament, Ms Ardern implored others “to speak the names of those who are lost, rather than the name of the man who took them”. Outlining some of the stories of bravery in the wake of the shootings, the prime minister praised the two police officers who apprehended the suspect, ramming his car while shots were still being fired. She added: “Naeem Rashid died after rushing at the terrorist and trying to wrestle the gun from him. “Abdul Aziz, originally from Afghanistan, confronted the armed terrorist after grabbing the nearest thing he could find, a simple Eftpos (card) machine. … [Read more...] about Jacinda Ardern gives impassioned speech and pays tribute to Christchurch heroes
Share Tweet Email u.s. & world Share: Share Tweet Email EMBED <> More Videos <iframe width="476" height="267" src="https://abc13.com/video/embed/?pid=5201000" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern lays a wreath at the Kilbirnie Mosque in Wellington, New Zealand, following the country's deadliest shooting in modern history Share: Share Tweet Email AP By CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- The attributes that helped Jacinda Ardern rise to become New Zealand's leader at age 37 include her optimistic outlook and bright personality. And she became an inspiration to working women around the world last year when she gave birth to a daughter, Neve. But the prime minister is now displaying other qualities to an anxious nation after a gunman on Friday slaughtered 50 people at two Christchurch mosques. She's shown a determination to change gun laws and a deep empathy with the … [Read more...] about New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern shows resolve, empathy after mosque massacre
JACINDA Ardern is the 40th and current Prime Minister of New Zealand and is also the youngest female head of government in the world. But when did she take office and what did she say about the recent terror attacks on mosques? Here's everything you need to know. Who is Jacinda Ardern? Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern was born on 26 July 1980 in Hamilton, New Zealand, the daughter of a police officer and a school catering assistant. She joined New Zealand's Labour Party and became an active member in the Young Labour movement at an early stage in her life. When she graduated from the University of Waikato with a degree in politics and public relations, Ardern moved to London to work as a senior policy adviser to Tony Blair. She returned to New Zealand to become the youngest MP in its parliament in 2008 where she quickly rose through the ranks to become leader of the opposition by August 2017. Although the National party won the highest share of the vote in the 2017 general election, it did … [Read more...] about When did Jacinda Ardern become New Zealand’s prime minister and what has she said about the Christchurch terror attack?
NEW Zealand's Prime Minister today told the family of murdered Brit backpacker Grace Millane: "I'm sorry." Jacinda Ardern's tearful apology came as the man accused of the 22-year-old's murder faced angry abuse as he made his first appearance in court last night. Wearing blue police-issue overalls, the 26-year-old faced Auckland District Court and stood for nearly 90 minutes just yards from Grace's dad and uncle. The killing has shocked residents of New Zealand, where serious crimes are relatively rare and camping in remote mountains and farmlands is widely regarded as safe for tourists and New Zealanders alike. She said: "On behalf of New Zealand, I want to apologise to Grace's family. Your daughter should have been safe here and she wasn't, and I am sorry for that. "There is this overwhelming sense of hurt and shame that this has happened in our country, a place that prides itself on our hospitality, on our manaakitanga," she said, using a Maori word for welcoming and generosity. … [Read more...] about Grace Millane ‘should have been safe here’ tearful New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern tells murdered backpacker’s family
World New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made history - and added a dose of normality to the pompous, stuffy proceedings at United Nations General Assembly - by bringing in her baby, Neve. Aged just three months, Neve even got a special pass made up that described her as the country’s “first baby”, making her the youngest person ever to attend a session at the U.N. Ardern was at the U.N. to deliver a speech at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit and in the front row was little Neve and her father, Clarke Gayford. Gayford later posted on Twitter an image of the three-month old’s pass and wrote: "I wish I could have captured the startled look on Japanese delegation inside UN yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change." Recommended Slideshows 76 The Most Powerful Military Forces in the World 59 The 25 Most Powerful Passports in the World 61 Every World Press Photo Winner Ever: 60 Images That Define Our … [Read more...] about Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand Prime Minister Makes History By Becoming First Woman to bring Baby into UN Assembly