Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Politicians congratulate New Zealand PM on pregnancy

Politicians congratulate New Zealand PM on pregnancy

News first reached the Australian press after Ardern announced her pregnancy in an Instagram post on Thursday.

"As is the case when I am overseas, Mr Peters will act as prime minister, working with my office while staying in touch with me", Ardern said in a statement reported by the New Zealand Herald on Friday.

Having found herself in the midst of tough coalition negotiations after a closely fought election, Jacinda Ardern was facing far more than her political colleagues could have guessed.

Speaking to reporters outside her home on Friday morning, Ardern said she would be taking six weeks leave following the baby's birth.

"Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three, and that we'll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats", she wrote.

She said today from the away-Caucus meeting in Martinborough she was planning on giving a portion of her salary to Plunket, as her job would be "downscaled".

The Prime Minister's partner Clarke Gayford is one of those in attendance.

The couple discovered she was pregnant on October 13 — two weeks before she was sworn in as national leader.

"I'm not the first woman to work and have a baby".

"The remaining items include the inquiry into abuse in state care - we're expecting Cabinet papers to come through to finalise that work - the mental health inquiry, legislation around employment law, and my child poverty bill", Ms Ardern said.

Ms Ardern said it was a chance to acknowledge the wider Labour family. "It is a women's decision about when they choose to have children".

Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto had her second child, a girl, while she was prime minister in 1990.

"Actually, my advice would be for the [New Zealanders] who hired her, and I would say you better keep her".

"I'm not a trailblazer", she said.

In congratulating the pair yesterday and wishing them every joy, Peters said: "Ours is a novel coalition in many respects and the Prime Minister's announcement only reinforces its unique qualities".

However, she assured those with concerns that, "I take my role as PM incredibly seriously".

New Zealand's prime minister is not the first female world leader to give birth while serving.

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