Jacinda Ardern in labour with her first child

New Zealand Prime Minister enters hospital for birth of first child

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in labour and in hospital to give birth to her first child.

Ms Ardern arrived at the country's largest public hospital at 5:50am (local time) on Thursday with partner Clarke Gayford, her spokesman said.

Noting there are "a whole lot of factors which we aren't aware of", she says it really could be anytime.

The Prime Minister's office confirmed Ms Ardern had entered hospital in a statement today.

Although she will become the first elected world leader to take maternity leave - and only the second to have a child while in office - Ms Ardern has played down the significant global attention she's received as a role model.

Yesterday Mr Gayford shared a photo of Ms Ardern at home reading, three days after the baby was due.

"I am able to do what I'm doing because I have enormous support around me and it makes me quite privileged".

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is now Acting Prime Minister.

She's expected to briefly speak to reporters after the birth.

Ardern has said she is confident the government will continue to run smoothly in her absence.

Ms Ardern addresses parliament in Wellington.

Shaw was referring to the fact this will be the first time a Prime Minister in New Zealand has had a baby while in power.

The only other comparable example was Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto giving birth to daughter Bakhtawar while in office, on January, 25 1990.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Koepka survives Fleetwood challenge to win second straight US Open
It was the first time since 2013 at Merion that no one broke par , and it was 13 shots more than his winning score at Erin Hills. Even so, he has 18 victories and is the only player to sweep the World Golf Championships, small fields with the best players.

Oil prices rise ahead of OPEC’s June 22 meeting
Refineries' crude runs rose to 17.7 million barrels per day, the highest on record for this time of year, the EIA data showed. Traders said a drop in Libyan supplies, including the loss of a 400,000-barrel storage tank, also helped support prices.

Helicopter parents may prevent children from flying high
Children who struggle to contain their behaviour at that age in turn have fewer social skills and do worse in school at ten. The researchers from the study asked the parents and children to play as if they were home for their observations.

Switch-exclusive Octopath Traveler won’t have any DLC after release
Takahashi also revealed that the main story campaign will take players roughly 50-60 hours to complete. Published by Nintendo, it's a classic JRPG developed by Square Enix in collaboration with Acquire.

How Arsenal Transfer News Affect Their Odds to Win?
Other players rumored to be destined for Arsenal include; Sokratis Papastathopoulos, from Borussia Dortmund, and Saul Niguez. If they are rumored to buy an elite player, during the transfer window, they play well which increases the odds of winning.

Other news