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New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has announced she is pregnant, but not everyone is happy about the news.

Ms Ardern spoke of her and her partner Clarke Gayford’s joy in an official statement today.

“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, Mr Peters will act as prime minister, working with my office while staying in touch with me. I fully intend to be contactable and available throughout the six week period when needed,” Ms Ardern said.

“At the end of my leave I will resume all prime ministerial duties.”

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.

Not everyone is happy though…

Apparently those hormone changes will be too hard for her to run a country!

“I am sorry, but when your job is to run a country this shouldn’t be happening”, read one comment.

Another comment read: “I feel like your posts are like the Women’s Weekly. Really? I want to hear about what you are doing about issues such as the Housing CRISIS and our TOXIC water CRISIS. Or any of the other important issues.”

Another wrote, “Yeah great for you both.
What about all the really pressing issues still not being addressed?
Plus Labour’s complete turnaround regarding the TPPA. Very, very disappointing, regardless of spin around the suspensions.
Some will fall for it, most wont!”

Women (and men) across the country soon shut down these comments with many jumping to the PM’s defence…

– “Us chick’s don’t agree with you Will . Stick to commenting about what you have experienced and being pregnant is something you have no idea about.”

– John Said, ” Jacinda is 37 obviously heard the bio clock ticking Will. This is the 21st century, young woman have got a pretty good handle on multi tasking”

– “1890 just called. They said they miss you and want you back.”

– “The 1950’s called, you’re wanted back there.”

– “Will… get out of the dark ages. What a crack up you are….not..”

– Charlie said, “How ancient are you? It is sexist to imply that a woman is incapacitated by pregnancy. Stop talking about hormones and other things you clearly know nothing about. You don’t have to believe all the negative propaganda about the female of the species but undoubtedly you choose to. Women have been working and giving birthing and rearing since time immemorial. Our species is quite successful you may have noticed.”

– “I’m so excited for you, for female politicians, for little girls looking up to you as a role model, etc. How exciting for you!!!!”

– “Omg… you have done allllll this PMing…whilst having morning sickness as well… YOU ARE AWESOME. wonderful news to you all.”

Congratulations Jacinda! We wish you all the best x

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  • And now she’s had the baby. Not sure what she’s like as a mum, but if she’s half the mum she is a prime minister, she’s phenomenal!

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  • Congratulations that you are adding to your family.
    What many aren’t thinking about the long hours sitting in parliament sometimes. The average working Mum may work 8 hours a day, be part time or not work 5 days a week.

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  • maybe her becoming a parent will make her see some issues differently because she never had to think about them from that point of view before. I think becoming a parent for the first time is the most exciting thing we can experience, no matter what your job is!

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  • Congratulations. It swill be a lot of work leading a country and being a new mother but it sounds like she has good support.

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  • Congratulations to them both. I can’t believe the negative comments she has been receiving. She is 3 months pregnant and been able to work as per usual. Grow up you negators.

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  • I think its fantastic. Good on her. It happens all the time in other jobs why not this one? just because she is PM? She is only taking 6 weeks off and her husband is staying home. I think it goes to show what modern parenting is.


    • Exactly! The comment below your comment says women are tough and she is right. Women can have babies and work and in some countries women actually have no choice.

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  • Sure it will be hard, but we women are tough cookies! Congrats to her and her partner!

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  • Congratulations to her and her partner. Wonderful news for them and good on her. I am shocked at some of the mean spirited comments in the article. Men do not need to choose between career and children and why should it be any different for her. Women in many countries work right up to birthing and then carry on with their lives.

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  • Congrats to Jacinda and her partner and success with all the tasks !

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  • I think it will be tough on her, but that doesn’t mean she can’t do it. Huge congratulations nd best wishes!

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  • I’m all for working mums, but I just don’t think running a country at the same time as wrangling a newborn is going to work. She won’t be able to give enough attention to either and its not fair on her child or the country.

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  • Shes a woman…she can multitask…she will be fine hahaha Congratulations to her and her partner

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  • Maybe not the perfect time to become pregnant, but still wonderful news. Congratulations!!

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