Aotearoa PM expecting
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is expecting.
The Labour leader turned to social media to announce her and partner Clarke Gayford are set to welcome the new bundle of joy in June.
When addressing the media with partner Clarke Gayford, she shared her experiences of morning sickness while setting up New Zealand’s new government.
“I'm not the first woman to work and have a baby. I know these are special circumstances but there are many women who will have done this well before I have. I acknowledge those women, I am about to sympathize with them a lot, as I sympathize with all women who've suffered morning sickness.”
NZ First leader Winston Peters is set to step in as the Prime Minister when the new baby arrives, NZ First's Regional Economic Minister Shane Jones sends his congratulations.
“Ka nui noa atu taku mihi ki a ia me tana hoa rangatira, he manaakitanga tērā. Nā reira, kia tau ngā manaakitanga ki runga i a ia me tana tāne.”
Peeni Henare says the Labour Māori caucus will also be setting their agenda surrounding this baby.
“Kāre e kore, ki roto i te wiki e tū nei, ka hui mātou ngā mema Māori. Ko te kaupapa o te pēpi kei runga i te paeroa. Engari, me taihoa tātou, tēnā ka puta mai te pēpi kia kite atu i ōna āhuatanga katoa, ka mōhio mārika tātou, he mokopuna a te motu, a te Tai Rāwhiti, a te Tai Tokerau rāini.”
For now, te ao Māori are preparing to meet the Labour leader at next week's Rātana commemorations, which will be the first for her as Prime Minister and the first major Māori meet for the mum to be.