London Mayor Sadiq Khan is among the first international leaders to pass on congratulations to Jacinda Ardern for her resounding election victory tonight.
"I look forward to continuing our special relationship based on our shared vision for an inclusive, fairer and greener future," Khan said on Twitter.
My warmest congratulations to @jacindaardern on your re-election as Prime Minister of New Zealand. I look forward to continuing our special relationship based on our shared vision for an inclusive, fairer and greener future. pic.twitter.com/ydBUazSKNv— Mayor of London (gov.uk/coronavirus) (@MayorofLondon) October 17, 2020
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has praised Ardern's resounding victory and her speech to party supporters in Auckland.
"In a fine victory speech, these words resonate and perhaps they hold a lesson for Scotland too," Sturgeon said, before going on to quote part of the Labour leader's victory speech: "As a nation we can listen, we can debate ...we are too small to lose sight of other people's perspective."
Congratulations on your resounding re-election @jacindaardern. In a fine victory speech, these words resonate and perhaps they hold a lesson for Scotland too -— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 17, 2020
“As a nation, we can listen, we can debate...we are too small to lose sight of other people’s perspective” https://t.co/F4XnWJ6tI0
UK Labour MP Lisa Nandy said that Ardern's victory was "an inspiration around the world".
Congratulations @jacindaardern and all our friends in the New Zealand Labour Party . For so many reasons, an inspiration around the world and deservedly making history today #NZElection2020 pic.twitter.com/uLLeHDCMoe— Lisa Nandy (@lisanandy) October 17, 2020
Australia's Labor leader Anthony Albanese has passed on his best wishes, saying "Kiwis have voted to keep New Zealand moving for three more years".
Former Labor leader Bill Shorten said said New Zealanders "have great taste in political leaders".
"Huge congrats to my friend Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party" for what was shaping to be a famous victory, Shorten wrote.
Our friends across the ditch - they call Eskis chilly bins and thongs jandals, but they have great taste in political leaders. Huge congrats to my friend @jacindaardern and the whole team at @nzlabour on what is shaping up to be famous victory tonight #NZVotes #jacindaardern pic.twitter.com/wma8iYcijZ— Bill Shorten (@billshortenmp) October 17, 2020
The president of Australia's Labor Party, Wayne Swan, said it was an overwhelming result for Ardern, a big boost for social democratic policy, and "an inspiration for those who believe in inclusive growth & a fair society".
Congratulations to NZ Labour. Overwhelming result for Jacinda Ardern, a big boost for Social Democratic policy, an inspiration for those who believe in inclusive growth & a fair society #auspol— Wayne Swan (@SwannyQLD) October 17, 2020
Ardern told media she had received messages of congratulations from other international leaders but did not want to specify who they were.
Ardern also received praise from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama:
I congratulate Jacinda Ardern on her party's resounding victory in the New Zealand general election. I admire the courage, wisdom and leadership, as well as the calm, compassion and respect for others, she has shown in these challenging times. https://t.co/J5dN0Gldk2— Dalai Lama (@DalaiLama) October 17, 2020