Ardern is sleek and luminous today, despite running late after a morning spent hearing submissions on the Super City.
She says she’s flustered but it doesn’t show. Her classy tan-and-black dress is by Christchurch designer Carolyn Barker. Her make-up is flawless, her hair frizz-free. The overall impression is one of both energy and calm.
Sleek, luminous, classy, flawless, energy and calm. It sounds like an interview with Angelina Jolie
Ardern’s single and has been devoted to Labour since before she could vote.
So it’s a little strange that she has been compared to former National MP Katherine Rich, who bowed out before the last election to spend more time with her family.
Ardern: “Someone said to me, `are you the new Katherine Rich?’ I said, `you know I am in Labour?”‘ She laughs.
I would have thought the more appropriate comparison is to a young Helen Clark.
“Helen [Clark] dedicated her entire life to what she did, in lots of ways. As long as I’m able to make a difference, I’d be willing to do that as well, I think.”
Like Helen, Jacinda plans a life in politics.
Good friend and fellow Labour MP Grant Robertson shared an office with Adern through the “extraordinarily stressful” 2005 election year, when they were both advisors to Clark.
He says Adern defies her age.
“I think she’s made a great beginning. I’d like to think Jacinda will be a cabinet minister in fairly short order.”
Labour are unlikely to be in Government until 2014 or even 2017+, but I have little doubt Jacinda will be a Minister in the next Labour Government – as will Grant.