The pregnant NZ Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern, plans to take only six weeks maternity leave

The pregnant NZ Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern, plans to take only six weeks maternity leave

The pregnant NZ Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern, plans to take only six weeks maternity leave

By / Trending Posts / Friday, 19 January 2018 00:34

The pregnant Jacinda Ardern, plans to take only six weeks maternity leave from NZ Prime Ministerial duties. 

As if going from Labour leader to Prime Minister in less than three months wasn't enough, she is going to give birth in June, the first for a New Zealand Prime Minister.

 

She told Winston Peters about the pregnancy only yesterday and he will step into her place as Acting Prime Minister for six weeks.

The prospect of Peters being in charge for six weeks is hardly cause for concern. If anything, the concern should be that she is taking too brief a break for the fog to lift after giving birth.

Unplanned as it was, the timing is very good for Ardern. She will leave after the Budget in May and in between major travel commitments to London in April for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and Apec in November

Also importantly, assuming she has no more babies this term, she will go into the 2020 election with a toddler in tow rather than a needy new baby.

Ardern, who was sworn in to office in October, said in a Facebook post that she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, are expecting in June.

“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,” the 37-year-old wrote.

“I’ll be prime minister and a mum, and Clarke will be ‘first man of fishing’ and stay at home dad. I think it’s fair to say that this will be a wee one that a village will raise, but we couldn’t be more excited.

The deputy prime minister, Winston Peters, will take over to allow Ardern to take six weeks of maternity leave after the baby is born. In a statement Ardern said she intended to be “fully contactable” during her period of maternity leave.

At the end of her leave she intended to resume “all prime ministerial duties”, she said.

Ardern said her pregnancy had been confirmed on 13 October.

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