Jacinda Ardern's mum 'very proud' of her rise to the top

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Labour's new leader's parents live in Niue, where her father Ross is the New Zealand High Commissioner. Jacinda Ardern's mother Laurell talks to John Campbell.

Jacinda Ardern has the unanimous backing of her party but it's not just Labour that's proud of her meteoric rise.

Ardern was named leader of the Labour Party on Tuesday after Andrew Little decided to step down following disastrous poll results less than two months out from September's election.

The 37-year-old from Morrinsville in Waikato entered Parliament in 2008 and has since gone from strength-to-strength within Labour.

Jacinda Ardern's family is proud of her meteoric rise.
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Jacinda Ardern's family is proud of her meteoric rise.

In February, Ardern secured a landslide win in the by-election of Auckland Labour stronghold Mt Albert. And in August, she was confirmed as Labour's new leader, with Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis stepping up to the post of deputy.

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Following the news of Ardern's appointment on Tuesday, her mother Laurell Ardern told RNZ she was very proud of her daughter's rise to the top.

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Andrew Little steps down as Labour leader and is replaced by his former deputy Jacinda Ardern.

"I can't quite believe it's happened. I'm still coming to terms with it because she's just gone from the deputy and just won the by-election in Mt Albert, and now this has happened.

"It's gone quite fast."

Laurell Ardern, who lives in Niue where Jacinda Ardern's father Ross Ardern is High Commissioner, praised her daughter too.

Ardern at her first press conference as Labour leader.
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Ardern at her first press conference as Labour leader.

"She's a very clever lady ... and she's pretty special."

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By all accounts the change of leadership happened quite quickly, with the first rumblings of a stir up starting only a week ago.

So when Ardern got the call on Tuesday morning, things progressed swiftly.

So swiftly, she didn't have time to call around all her family and friends.

Her partner, presenter Clarke Gayford, only received a Facebook message.

 - Stuff

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