New Zealand’s newly-elected Labour Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced she will be take on the role of Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.
She was previously Shadow Minister for Arts and Culture, National Security and Intelligence, and Vulnerable Children, and will hold all these ministries in government.
Ardern has previously described former Labour Prime Minister Helen Clark as a political hero. Clarke held the Arts, Culture and Heritage ministry over the course of her time in the Prime Minister’s office, from 1999 to 2008, and notably increased the government’s investment in the New Zealand film industry during that time.
The new Prime Minister is famously an amateur DJ and a music enthusiast. Earlier this year, she gave the Peter Fraser memorial lecture about the importance of the arts, and the New Zealand Labour Party’s history in establishing the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. She said she believes every New Zealand child should have access to the arts through the education system.