In what is being considered a record for the Labour Party in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has again been confirmed in her post after winning the election with a landslide victory.
The Labour Party led by Ardern polled 49% of the votes, which in the words of Prime Minister Ardern is the biggest ever support shown by the electorate for the past 50 years.
The election took place during Covid-19 and the strict restrictions imposed by the New Zealand Government to stop the coronavirus from spreading. This translated into one of the lowest rates of infection and deaths in the world but also received much criticism because the country’s economy was hard hit.
The election was in fact considered as a referendum on the Government’s position on Covid-19, as well as progressive proposals which the Labour Party has promised to push forward.
This is Ardern’s first speech in the wake of the election result: