From the editor
When the news broke that then-newly elected Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, were expecting a child, the reaction ran the spectrum of emotions from joy to outrage. Some said she couldn’t possibly lead the country and be a mother. The job was the job and this was simply beyond the frame of reference. Hard-out, singular dedication to the task was required and being a mother as well — well, she just couldn’t do it. I said at the time that we need to re-examine the frame of reference, how we see the job, not be limited by rigid, archaic notions.
Ardern is redefining the role and perceptions around it. In an extract from a new edition of 200 Women, Ardern talks about what drives her as a leader — and a person. See our story, on page 12. Also this week, if you feel like playing among the vines in one of New Zealand’s most glorious grapegrowing regions, we have a giveaway to the Bridge Pa Wine Festival. Check out the details on page 22.