New Zealand Prime Minister rocks MENA outfit at Pride Parade

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IN MENA: New Zealand P.M. Jacinda Ardern in her MENA outfit during the Pride Parade. Photo: Radio New Zealand International.

IN MENA: New Zealand P.M. Jacinda Ardern in her MENA outfit during the Pride Parade. Photo: Radio New Zealand International.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern created history on Sunday when she became the first Prime Minister to walk in the Auckland Pride Parade.

But there was more to her participation that drew attention of the Pacific island community.

Ardern also rocked a MENA kaftan outfit during the march watched by thousands in Auckland and possibly viewed by millions around the world. 

According to Radio New Zealand, over 70 floats, including ones made by the rainbow community, political parties, universities and businesses, supported the LGBTTQI community.

This year's parade was the largest yet, with between 25,000 and 30,000 people turning out to watch the revelry.

Addressing the crowd, Ms Ardern, who has attended previous parades, said the government "walks beside" the Rainbow community.

The event was a great opportunity to celebrate diversity and connect with young people.

Significant mental health issues still existed within the young rainbow community, she said.

"Bullying, a sense that you can't be who you are in certain environments - we do still need to be worried about that."

"Those people are growing up all over New Zealand," Ms Ardern said. They needed to feel "safe" and "supported".

She said the parade sent a strong message to those groups.

Several previous prime ministers have attended the parade, however parade organisers said it was the first time a prime minister had walked in the parade.

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