The day Jacinda Ardern became Labour leader, I told NewstalkZB I thought she was a flake who would fail.

I wasn't meaning to be nasty. I said her colleagues knew her better and judged she was the right person to fill the shoes of Michael Joseph Savage, Peter Fraser, David Lange and Helen Clark.

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The following three months forced me to reevaluate my initial assessment. But events since have reconfirmed