Watch: 'I'm not superhuman' – PM Jacinda Ardern on juggling work and becoming a mum

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she does not want to "create the false impression that all women should be superhuman" when she gives birth to her baby, which is due next week.

Ms Ardern spoke to Q+A's Corin Dann this morning about balancing her work with becoming a first-time mum.

"I'm able to do what I'm doing because I have enormous support around me, and actually, that makes me quite privileged. So I wouldn't want to be held up as some kind of exemplar because it's not easy, and I'm lucky," Ms Ardern said.

The Prime Minister has also noted that she is "desperate to demonstrate that I'm not going to let the country down" when she goes on her 'baby break' following the birth.

Despite that, Jacinda Ardern told Q+A’s Corin Dann she wants to demonstrate she can handle both jobs. Source: 1 NEWS

"I will stay true to the role that I have, because it's incredibly important to me."

However, Ms Ardern says people around the country have been supportive of the pressure of being a role model when the whole world is watching.

"But at the same time, there's this motherly side of New Zealand that is coming out where I've been getting these spontaneous messages from complete strangers saying, 'We get it now, but you're also allowed to sit down.' That sentiment has been lovely.

"My message would be, I can assure people I will keep doing my job, but I also acknowledge I'm not superhuman."

Ms Ardern will go on a six-week maternity leave following the birth of her child.

Ms Ardern spoke to Q+A’s Corin Dann this morning. Source: Q+A

Jacinda Ardern has ‘no concerns whatsoever’ on Winston Peters' stepping in as acting PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is due to give birth and start maternity leave in just one week and she assures that Winston Peters will do a fine as acting Prime Minister.

"I have absolutely no concerns about these next six concerns whatsoever," Ms Adern told Q+A's Corin Dann.

Ms Ardern, who is due to give birth on June 17, will leave the Foreign Minister Winston Peters to run the country as soon as she arrives at hospital.

"I get on incredibly well with Winston Peters. We work together well,"

"It's a relationship where I think we both have strengths that compliment each other"

"I think the thing to keep in mind is I’m not dead; I have not exited from the country; I will just be in Sandringham."

Ms Ardern said she it would be impossible to not stay engaged in the process.

"It is still a role, obviously, that I consider a huge privilege and a responsibility,"

"I'll still be getting cabinet papers and staying in touch."

The Prime Minister is due to give birth and start maternity leave in just one week. Source: Q+A


Campaigning rules questioned as voting habits change

The percentage of people voting before election day reached a new record high in the Northcote by-election.

Mr Bidois replaces former MP Jonathan Coleman. Source: 1 NEWS

Dan Bidois ultimately kept the seat for National, pulling in 10,147 votes, compared to Labour's Shanan Halbert with 8,785 votes.

Over 1100 special declaration votes are still to be counted.

One political commentator said the election rules need to change alongside our voting habits.

Of the people who took part in the Northcote by-election, 57 per cent made their votes in advance of polling day.

Political commentator Dr Bryce Edwards says this raises questions about rules banning any campaigning on election day.

"Candidates can't really go out campaigning on polling day, but they can do it in those days leading up when those people are voting, so it really means there's a contradiction, it means the rules aren't consistently applied, it makes something of a mockery of those rules," he said.

Dr Edwards said both National and Labour are making an effort to push voters into casting their votes earlier.

But more advanced votes didn't mean more votes in total.

Only 43 per cent of those enrolled voted in the by-election.

The total estimated votes (those counted on election night plus estimated special votes to be counted) are just over 21,000, compared to the 48,000 people who enrolled.

However, Dr Edwards said this is not an uncommon turnout for a by-election and voter fatigue so close after a general election may have come into play.

by Charlie Dreaver

Voting sign (file picture).
Voting sign (file picture). Source: 1 NEWS