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New photos show the moment Jacinda Ardern became PM

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has marked one year in office on Friday.

New photos have emerged of the moment Jacinda Ardern found out she was becoming prime minister, one year ago on Friday.

Partner Clarke Gayford posted images on Twitter of Ms Ardern as New Zealand First leader after Winston Peters announced he had decided to form government with Labour.

Elation as Jacinda Ardern becomes NZ's PM in 2017
Elation as Jacinda Ardern becomes NZ's PM in 2017.
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The now-New Zealand prime minister is pictured with deputy leader Grant Robertson in a moment of anticipation then elation at the news.

"A year ago today @winstonpeters made a bold call that changed EVERYTHING. We watched on TV like everyone else, except I pointed a camera the other way," Mr Gayford said.

"Here's a before and after thats never been seen. What an incredible year it has been, what a year ahead. Welcome to the ride."

The 38-year-old is the third woman and the youngest person to hold the position in 150 years.

Ms Ardern made global headlines in June when she became only the second female prime minister in the world to give birth while serving in office, after Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto in 1990.

"First baby" Neve accompanied her mother and father to New York during last month's UN General Assembly.

While at the UN, Ms Ardern cemented her global reputation, making repeated calls for action on climate change and more compassionate political discourse that prompted TVNZ to label her "the anti-Trump".

Jacinda Ardern speaks at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
Jacinda Ardern speaks at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
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But while Ms Ardern projects a 'can-do image' of youthful vigour overseas, her policy initiatives have been stymied on several occasions back home by coalition partner New Zealand First.

Ms Ardern's Labour needs the populist NZF to govern, and Mr Peters is not averse to undercutting her on issues such as law and order if he feels it will appeal to his electoral base.

She also faces difficulties within the Labour ranks, including the sacking last month of a cabinet minister who allegedly became involved in a physical altercation with a staffer.

Jacinda Ardern and Malcolm Turnbull at Kirribilli House in Sydney.
Jacinda Ardern and Malcolm Turnbull at Kirribilli House in Sydney.
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But the leader continues to inspire many both at home and abroad.

"I never grew up believing my gender would stand in the way of doing anything I wanted," she said last month.

"I credit the women who came before me and credit New Zealanders for welcoming me having a child ... I'm proud of the nation."

- Additional reporting: AAP

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