PM Jacinda Adern has featured on the cover of TIME Magazine

Publish Date
Friday, 21 February 2020, 1:38PM

NZ's very own Prime Minister has graced the cover of TIME Magazine!

A year on from the devastating events in Christchurch, PM Jacinda Adern has been given the honour of covering TIME.

The post to TIME's Facebook page captions; "TIME’s new international cover: A year after Christchurch, Jacinda Ardern has the world’s attention. How will she use it?"

The cover story is a wide-ranging look at the aftermath of the attack, what changed and what is still to come.

It also touches on her Government's politics and some of its failures, including KiwiBuild.
But the focus of the piece is squarely on Ardern and March 15.

In the story, the author – Belinda Luscombe – describes Ardern's response to the attacks as "revolutionary management".

"Her gender and youth (she's 39) were always going to make her stand out in a field dominated mainly by old gray men. Those attributes, however, are just the wrapping," the article said.

"Ardern's real gift is her ability to articulate a form of leadership that embodies strength and sanity, while also pushing an agenda of compassion and community or, as she would put it, 'pragmatic idealism'."

The piece also touches on what Ardern will do when she's no longer Prime Minister.

She said she has "absolutely zero plan B".

"But actually that's not new," she adds. "That's always been my way of being. It's probably how I've ended up in politics."

The magazine will hit shelves on March 2. As it's a double edition, it covers two weeks and will remain on display until March 16.

You can read the full TIME article, here.