Jacinda Ardern elected for a second term in office

Jacinda Ardern has been elected for a second term in office after the opposition conceded in New Zealand's general election.

Initial tallies had shown that Ardern's Party was ahead following her campaign which was focused on her efforts dealing with the current global pandemic.

Ms. Ardern said; "Thank you to the people who worked so hard to share our message.

"Who volunteered in what felt like an endless campaign.

"But most importantly thank you to the many people who gave us their vote, who trusted us to continue with leading New Zealand's recovery.

"And to those amongst you who may not have supported Labour before - and the results tell me there were a few of you - to you I say thank you.

"We will not take your support for granted.

"And I can promise you we will be a party that governs for every New Zealander."

Following the result, Ardern's opposition, Judith Collins said; "To Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who I have phoned, congratulations on your result.

"Which has been an outstanding result."

The win comes after Ardern became extremely popular for her efforts to combat the coronavirus crisis in New Zealand.

Health officials now report that there currently is no community spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand, and so, people are no longer asked to wear masks or social distance.