Jacinda Ardern named in Time's 100 most influential people of 2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people for the second time.

She's one of 26 'leaders' named in the magazine's annual list, alongside Pope Francis, US President Donald Trump and environmentalist Jane Goodall. 

In a piece written by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Ardern's handling of the Christchurch tragedy is described as "an inspiration to us all".

"Not only is she delivering such swift action on gun control, she has sent a powerful message around the world about our shared values - that those who seek to divide us will never succeed, and that New Zealand will always protect and celebrate the diversity and openness that make our countries so great.

"Londoners stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Christchurch. We will never forget that when terror sent ripples of fear through communities around the world, New Zealand's Prime Minister proudly stood up for hope, unity and inclusiveness in the face of fear, division and hatred."

Last year Ardern was honoured in the same list by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, who said the then-pregnant Prime Minister was "changing the game" for women in positions of leadership.

Other notable names in this year's Time list include Grey's Anatomy star Sandra Oh, Fortnite gamer Ninja, movie star Dwayne Johnson, Korean pop stars BTS, rising US political star Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, singers Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, sports stars Lebron James and Tiger Woods, and Disney head Bob Iger.