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Six days after the Christchurch mosque attacks claimed the lives of 50 people, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic rifles immediately.
Days before, powerful imagery of her apologising to victims of the terrorist attack in a black hijab, her expression one of deep sorrow, circulated news outlets with words of the highest praise.
Jacinda Ardern has redefined what it means to be a leader in a time of crisis. Post continues after video.
Then, she vowed to never utter the name of the mosque shooter, denying him the infamy that he sought for his unfathomable act.
Her genuine compassion, and her quick response to the horror that unfolded last Friday echoed the same global sentiment: this is how a leader should act in times of crisis.
And while Jacinda Ardern is out making the world a safer place, at home, her daughter has just learnt to crawl.
Her long term partner and stay-at-home dad Clarke Gayford posted the news to Twitter today, alongside a photo of his finger embracing the tiny hand of their nine-month-old daughter Neve Te Aroha
“For her 9 month birthday today we received the gift of crawling,” he accompanied the image.
“While her mum got her the gift of having a safer country to grow up in.”
Words that simply can’t encapsulate Ardern more accurately.
For her 9 month birthday today we received the gift of crawling.
While her mum got her the gift of having a safer country to grow up in. pic.twitter.com/FiCSTn0PM8
— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) March 21, 2019