PM Jacinda Ardern announces her shock resignation at the Labour Party caucus retreat in Napier saying she 'no longer has that bit extra in the tank'.
The PM said her team were well placed to take the country forward and contest the next election.
“I am not leaving because I believe we can’t win the election but because I believe we can and will.”.
Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford leave the press conference together on Thursday.
Ardern said she had the support of her family to continue - but they had also supported her decision.
Jacinda Ardern choked back tears as she revealed she was stepping down as Prime Minister.
On behalf of the National Party, I offer to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern our thanks for her service to New Zealand. »