New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Pregnant
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced she is pregnant and will give birth in June.
In an official statement on Friday,
"We're both really happy. We wanted a family but weren't sure it would happen for us, which has made this news unexpected but exciting," she said.
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will take on the top job for six weeks after the baby is born.
"As is the case when I am overseas,
"At the end of my
The couple found out on October 13 - in the midst of negotiations over who would form the new government - but had kept it quiet as was common in the early stages of pregnancy, she said.
"Knowing that so many parents juggle the care of their new babies, we consider ourselves to be very lucky."
The couple received congratulations from across the political spectrum following the announcement - including from former NZ prime ministers Bill English and Helen Clark - and prompted more than 40,000 tweets in an hour.
In August, Ardern was grilled about baby plans on the radio, comments she called ‘totally unacceptable’.
One of the
Arden clapped back.
"For other women, it is totally unacceptable in 2017 to say that women should have to answer that question in the workplace. That is unacceptable in 2017. It is the woman's decision about when they choose to have children," she said.
"It should not predetermine whether or not they get the job."
AAP with Fairfax