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Jacinda Ardern urges New Zealanders to 'dream big'

I'm the daughter of a policeman from Morrinsville - anything is possible, she says.

If Jacinda Ardern can make it to the top, you can too!

The incredible news of her appointment to Prime Minister had barely sunk in, when the passionate 37-year-old from Morrinsville spoke to Woman’s Day, just 12 hours after her amazing victory. In her candid interview, our new PM – whose fate was decided last Thursday night when New Zealand First leader Winston Peters made his much-anticipated decision to join with Labour and the Greens in coalition – spoke of her excitement and honour to lead our nation, her determination to make a real difference and what the top job means for her and her partner, TV presenter Clarke Gayford.

But Jacinda had another important message to share with New Zealanders – dream big!

This year, in the space of a few short months, the passionate politician – whose sole reason for joining the Labour Party at 17 was to tackle child poverty – has risen from list MP to leader of the Labour party, and now Prime Minister of New Zealand.

“If this doesn’t prove that anything’s possible then I don’t know what does,” says Jacinda.

“I’m the daughter of a policeman from Morrinsville. After my sister, I’m only the second one in my family to go to university. The idea that at 37 I would have been in the position to be Prime Minister, it’s just not something I ever would have imagined and I feel very privileged.”

For more of her inspiring story, check out this week’s issue Woman’s Day cover story, on sale now.

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