Despite feeling "some nerves" after a surprising promotion to the role of leader of the opposition, newly elected Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern is adamant she is "aboslutely ready" to take the troubled party into September's election, just seven weeks out.
"It's been a whirlwind," Ms Ardern told TVNZ1 Breakfast host Hilary Barry.
The Mt Albert MP was thrust into the role after a shock move from former leader Andrew Little to stand down yesterday.
When asked if she was ready for the pressure of being leader, she answered: "I came into parliament at 28."
A leadership expert says the new Labour leader should be celebrated for her achievements.
"I've had more experience, political experience, than John Key did when he took on some pretty mighty challenges."
She was asked asked if she was prepared for the "extra scruitny" that comes with being a woman in leadership.
"I'm specifically calling out instances where you are asked how you might juggle a family with having a job. Does that annoy the hell out of you?" she was asked.
Ms Ardern said she made a personal decision to talk about the issue because she "saw women in all walks of life having to struggle with those same things."
"I thought maybe there's some benefit to deciding I was going to be open about it."
Our political editor says Ms Ardern's opening press conference was a positive sign for the Labour Party.
However she said she was "not going to sit back and leave some things unchallenged".
In the short time leading up to the election, Ms Ardern plans to bring her "own touch" to Labour's campaign.
"We will be doing things a little bit differently."
Ms Ardern would not disclose any proposed policy changes until later this week but she said she could guarantee she would continue to be herself.
Mike thinks Andrew Little should not have quit and Jacinda will struggle as the new leader after making little ground as deputy.
Source: Seven Sharp
"In New Zealand, I don't think it's possible to maintain any different facade. You can't live in a bubble when you're a politician."