Two years ago today, Jacinda Ardern stood on the forecourt of Parliament looking radiant but without a clue of what lay ahead.

She had just returned on the bus from the swearing-in at Government House and delivered a few words to the faithful who had been entertained in the meantime by Fat Freddy's Drop.

They were not carefully crafted but no one cared.


It was better than being chauffeured into the Beehive basement and whisked upstairs for the first cabinet meeting without the public "inauguration" celebration under the Seddon statue.

"I can tell you, there will be good days