New Zealand’s Ardern, an icon to many, to step down


              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, hugs her fiancee Clark Gayford after announcing her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              FILE - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, gestures with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during a joint press conference in Sydney, Australia, Friday, June 10, 2022. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
            
              FILE - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures during an address at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, July 7, 2022. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (Dean Lewins/Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              FILE - U.S. President Joe Biden meets with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Washington. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern grimaces as she announces her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Ardern says that she will not contest this year's general elections. (Warren Buckland/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, hugs her fiancee Clark Gayford after announcing her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, with her fiancee Clark Gayford leave a press conference after announcing her resignation in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              FILE - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, gestures with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during a joint press conference in Sydney, Australia, Friday, June 10, 2022. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
            
              FILE - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures during an address at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, July 7, 2022. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (Dean Lewins/Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              FILE - U.S. President Joe Biden meets with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Washington. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern grimaces as she announces her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Ardern says that she will not contest this year's general elections. (Warren Buckland/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, hugs her fiancee Clark Gayford after announcing her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, with her fiancee Clark Gayford leave a press conference after announcing her resignation in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              FILE - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, gestures with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during a joint press conference in Sydney, Australia, Friday, June 10, 2022. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
            
              FILE - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures during an address at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, July 7, 2022. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (Dean Lewins/Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              FILE - U.S. President Joe Biden meets with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Washington. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern grimaces as she announces her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Ardern says that she will not contest this year's general elections. (Warren Buckland/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, hugs her fiancee Clark Gayford after announcing her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, with her fiancee Clark Gayford leave a press conference after announcing her resignation in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              FILE - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, gestures with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during a joint press conference in Sydney, Australia, Friday, June 10, 2022. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
            
              FILE - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures during an address at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, July 7, 2022. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (Dean Lewins/Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              FILE - U.S. President Joe Biden meets with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Washington. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern grimaces as she announces her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Ardern says that she will not contest this year's general elections. (Warren Buckland/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, hugs her fiancee Clark Gayford after announcing her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, with her fiancee Clark Gayford leave a press conference after announcing her resignation in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              FILE - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, gestures with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during a joint press conference in Sydney, Australia, Friday, June 10, 2022. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
            
              FILE - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures during an address at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, July 7, 2022. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (Dean Lewins/Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              FILE - U.S. President Joe Biden meets with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Washington. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern grimaces as she announces her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Ardern says that she will not contest this year's general elections. (Warren Buckland/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, hugs her fiancee Clark Gayford after announcing her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, with her fiancee Clark Gayford leave a press conference after announcing her resignation in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, with her fiancee Clark Gayford leave a press conference after announcing her resignation in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              FILE - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, gestures with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during a joint press conference in Sydney, Australia, Friday, June 10, 2022. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
            
              FILE - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gestures during an address at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, July 7, 2022. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (Dean Lewins/Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              FILE - U.S. President Joe Biden meets with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Washington. Ardern, who was praised around the world for her handling of the nation’s worst mass shooting and the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern grimaces as she announces her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Ardern says that she will not contest this year's general elections. (Warren Buckland/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, hugs her fiancee Clark Gayford after announcing her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              FILE - New Zealand's Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern talks to hundreds of supporters after election results are announced on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Auckland, New Zealand. Ardern became an inspiration to women around the world after winning the top job in 2017 at the relatively young age of 37. (AP Photo/Nick Perry, File)
            
              FILE - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, center, waves as she leaves Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 22, 2019. Ardern, whose empathetic handling of the nation’s worst mass-shooting and health-driven response to the coronavirus pandemic led her to become an international icon but who faced mounting criticism at home, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
            
              FILE - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern leaves the COVID-19 update press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, on Aug. 20, 2021. Ardern, whose empathetic handling of the nation’s worst mass-shooting and health-driven response to the coronavirus pandemic led her to become an international icon but who faced mounting criticism at home, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 she was leaving office. (Mark Mitchell/Pool photo via AP, File)
            
              FIEL - New Zealand Prime Minister Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during an interview in her office on Dec. 8, 2022, in Wellington, New Zealand. In the interview with The Associated Press in December 2022, she’d said that building relationships with small Pacific nations shouldn’t become a game of one-upmanship with China. (AP Photo/Hans Weston, File)
            
              FILE - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, arrives for a National Remembrance Service in Hagley Park for the victims of the March 15 mosques terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 29, 2019. Ardern, whose empathetic handling of the nation’s worst mass-shooting and health-driven response to the coronavirus pandemic led her to become an international icon but who faced mounting criticism at home, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 she was leaving office. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
            
              FILE - In this image made from video, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, center, hugs and consoles a woman as she visited Kilbirnie Mosque to lay flowers among tributes to Christchurch attack victims, in Wellington, on March 17, 2019. Ardern, whose empathetic handling of the nation’s worst mass-shooting and health-driven response to the coronavirus pandemic led her to become an international icon but who faced mounting criticism at home, said Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 she was leaving office. (TVNZ via AP, File)
            
              FILE - New Zealand Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern, center right in front, poses for a selfie with students of Addington School in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Aug. 16, 2017. Ardern became an inspiration to women around the world after winning the top job in 2017 at the relatively young age of 37. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, hugs her fiancee Clark Gayford after announcing her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Mark MItchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            
              New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern grimaces as she announces her resignation at a press conference in Napier, New Zealand. Fighting back tears, Ardern told reporters that Feb. 7 will be her last day in office. (Warren Buckland/New Zealand Herald via AP)
            FILE - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrives holding her child Neve during the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, on Sept. 25, 2018. Ardern became just the second world leader to give birth while holding office. When she brought her infant daughter to the floor of the U.N. General Assembly in New York in 2018, it brought smiles to people everywhere. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
New Zealand’s Ardern, an icon to many, to step down