After five and a half years, Jacinda Ardern is stepping down. We look back at some key moments.

August 2017: Jacinda Ardern becomes Labour leader just seven weeks before the election.

Newly appointed Labour leader Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament in 2017 in Wellington after Andrew Little quit his role. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

October 2017: Ardern becomes prime minister in a coalition government with New Zealand First and the Greens. She is the world’s youngest female head of government at age 37.

In October 2017, Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern and NZ First leader Winston Peters shake hands during a coalition agreement signing at Parliament. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

June 2018: She becomes the second elected world leader to give birth while in office.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford speak to the media after the birth of their daughter, Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford in June 2018. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images.

March 2019: 51 people are killed in a white-supremacist terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch. Ardern leads the Christchurch Call, where world leaders and tech companies pledge to limit terrorist and extremist content online.

One day after the Christchurch terror attacks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets with Muslim community representatives on March 16, 2019 in Christchurch. Photo: The Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand via Getty Images

December 2019: The Whakaari/White Island eruption kills 22 people and seriously injures 25 others.

An aerial shot of Whakaari/White Island on March 26, 2016. Photo: Phil Yeo/Getty Images

March 2020: New Zealand closes its borders and goes into lockdown as the Covid-19 pandemic spreads.

In 2020, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern provides a Covid-19 update to the media as the country is in lockdown. Photo: Mark Mitchell/Pool/Getty Images

October 2020: Ardern wins a second term as prime minister in a landslide victory for Labour, with 65 of 120 seats.

In October 2020, Labour leader and NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern claimed victory during the Labour Party Election Night function in Auckland. Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

The cannabis referendum narrowly fails to pass and Ardern is criticised for not publicly stating which way she would vote.

February 2022: Parliament is occupied for three weeks by anti-mandate protesters.

Anti-mandate protesters camped outside Parliament. At one point, a fire broke out during the protest last year. Photo: 1News

July 2022: New Zealand opens its borders, lifting Covid-19 restrictions.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits Sydney as part of her international trade mission aimed at reconnecting New Zealand with the world after the country closed its borders due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: James Gourley/Getty Images

Top Image: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media during a Rugby World Cup 2021 event. Photo: Fiona Goodall - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images

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