“As the founding Chief Executive of Te Papa Tongarewa, our national museum, Dame Cheryll Southeran leaves a legacy that all New Zealanders can treasure. … Through her innovative vision Te Papa brings our culture and history to life in a way that everyone can enjoy. … My thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.” – Jacinda Ardern, TV New Zealand, 31 December 2017.
“You can see the difference it makes to Gisborne over summer. … The population explodes, you can see the retailers really benefiting from it. This is a place you’ve really seen the community support, too.” – Jacinda Ardern, Stuff, 31 December 2017.
“Although this list [about New Year’s Honours List] was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders. … Thank you to all of the 2018 Honours recipients for their contributions and service.” – Jacinda Ardern, Scoop, 30 December 2017.
“I understand you’ve put through a very informal request for citizenship [about Ed Sheeran]. … I’ve got some really important questions for you. The first: do you like pineapple lumps? Do you even know what they are? … Are you willing to wear jandals in semi-inappropriate situations? And also, do you know what jandals are? Third, and most important question of all. … Are you willing to make New Zealand your home? Let me know.” – Jacinda Ardern, Time, 30 November 2017.