Jacinda Ardern is the current Prime Minister of New Zealand. In October 2017, at the age of 37, she became the world's youngest female head of government. Ardern was praised for the way she led her country after the Christchurch mosque shootings in March 2019 and handled the COVID 19 pandemic. She led her party to victory in 2020 general elections.
Helen Clark is a New Zealand politician who served as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008. She was only the second woman to hold the prime minister's office in New Zealand. An important politician, Helen Clark also served as the Minister of Health from 1989 to 1990 and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2008.
Jenny Shipley is a New Zealand retired politician who became the first female Prime Minister of the country in 1997. She served as the Prime Minister until 1999 and then served as the Leader of the Opposition from 1999 to 2001. An influential politician, Jenny Shipley also served as the Minister of Health from 1993 to 1996.
Georgina Beyer is a New Zealand politician and former sex worker who became the first openly transgender mayor in the world when she was elected as the Mayor of Carterton in 1995. Georgina Beyer is also the first openly transgender person in the world to serve as a Member of Parliament.
Cindy Kiro is a New Zealand public health advocate, administrator, and academic. She is serving as the current Governor-General of New Zealand; she is the first Māori woman to hold the office. Cindy Kiro's services to education and child wellbeing have earned her prestigious awards in the New Zealand Royal Honours System.
Indian-born New Zealand politician Priyanca Radhakrishnan grew up in a family that had roots in left-wing Indian politics. After moving to New Zealand, she worked as a social worker till she joined the New Zealand Labour Party. She later scripted history by becoming the first Indian-origin minister of New Zealand.
In late 2021, New Zealand politician Julie Anne Genter made headlines after she cycled her way to Auckland Hospital while in labor. Born in the US, she later studied in France and New Zealand. The Green Party MP has previously served as a minister for women.