Jacinda Ardern: One to watch

By Guyon Espiner In Politics

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21st July, 2012
Could a 31-year-old single white woman renting an Auckland flat because she can’t afford to buy a house be a future New Zealand prime minister? Quite possibly. Jacinda Ardern is the fourth-ranked MP in the Labour Party, and even her opponents admit she has what it takes to get to the top. But she doesn’t have what it takes to buy a house where she wants to live. Ardern rents, and wants to buy, in Grey Lynn where a two-bedroom villa, little more than a doll’s house, recently sold at auction for $931,000. Even with her MP’s salary, her lengthy search has failed to find anything affordable. Ardern ...

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