New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has released an official statement declaring she is having a child with partner Clark Gayford. “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”, Ardern said in a statement.
“We first knew of my pregnancy on the 13th of October, but as many couples do in the early stages, we kept it to ourselves,” Ardern said. “From a personal perspective, I am so looking forward to my new role as a parent. But I am equally focused on my job and responsibilities as Prime Minister.”
“While 2018 will be the year I become a mum, it will also be a year that the Government finishes our 100 day plan, and starts pursuing all of the priorities that will build a better New Zealand. I look forward to leading that work, and having a slightly expanded family join me on that journey.”
Ardern, who is expecting the child in June, confirmed that Winston Peters will take over as Acting Prime Minister for six weeks while she cares for her new baby. After this time Ardern will return to office and Gayford will look after the baby.
“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. Mr Peters and I have a great relationship, and I know that together we’ll make this period work. At the end of my leave I will resume all Prime Ministerial duties,” she concluded.