Winston Peters says it's a 'happy day' for Jacinda Ardern

Winston Peters says it's a 'happy day' for Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand's prime minister has arrived at the hospital to have her first child.

Winston Peters, the deputy prime minister, is now acting prime minister.

Ms Ardern took office as New Zealand's third female prime minister past year and announced in January she was expecting a baby with her partner, television fishing show presenter Clarke Gayford.

Her due date was Sunday 17 June.

The pregnancy news late past year came as a surprise to Ms Ardern, who then had to simultaneously deal with both intense negotiations to form a government and morning sickness.

Rescue teams search for survivors of Indonesian ferry disaster in torrid weather
This is the peak tourist season in Muslim-majority Indonesia, with millions of people travelling for the Islamic festival of Eid. The 1,145-square kilometre lake, formed out of an ancient super volcano, is a popular sightseeing destination.

Mr Peters said he was advised this morning that the prime minister had been admitted to hospital. Mr Peters carried out some of the prime minister's Wellington-based duties this week, chairing Cabinet and hosted Ms Ardern's weekly post-cabinet media conference.

The PM's office says there will be no further formal announcements from the Prime Minister's office till Ardern and Gayford announce the birth of their baby.

Jacinda Ardern's office on Thursday morning confirmed she had turned the reigns over to her deputy after arriving at Auckland Hospital.

Just a handful of elected leaders worldwide have given birth while in office, notably Benazir Bhutto who had her son in 1990 while Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The New York Times reports Ms Ardern's pregnancy has prompted a national conversation about working mothers.

Related News:



Most liked

Banned Blatter arrives in Russian Federation for World Cup
The verdict ended Blatter's hopes of becoming honorary president of football's governing body which he left in disgrace. The article says that " Russia can be a great place to host a World Cup".

Russian Federation 2018: Iran permits women to attend public viewing centres
The use of VAR at this World Cup was always going to lead to three things: controversy, delays and players gesturing at officials. A day later, Messi missed a penalty and was fairly anonymous as Argentina draw 1-1 with Iceland.

Ronaldo's Portugal kick out Morocco from World Cup
Ronaldo was sensational in his side's opening game against Spain as he scored a hat-trick to salvage a 3-3 draw. Ronaldo's fourth goal of the tournament and record 85th for Portugal separated the two sides in the end.

'WAH WAH': Ex-Trump staffer mocks story about girl with Down syndrome
This administration - unlike the previous two - is treating the adults as criminals and jailing them, which requires them to be separated from their children.

Who will win today’s Costa Rica vs Serbia match?
Southampton's midfielder Tusan Tadic , has 51 caps and 13 goals for Serbia , and contributes a lot at the offensive end. The 44-year-old admitted he had been under pressure in the build-up to the game.

Disney Ups Offer For Fox Studios
In pre-market trading, Fox shares rose 5.4% to $47.11, Comcast's were marginally lower, while Disney's rose by 1.3% to $107.50. But Comcast has also bid to buy all of Sky at £12.50 ($16.46) a share (higher than Fox's proposal of £10.75 a share).

Dwight Howard headed from Charlotte Hornets to Brooklyn Nets
Getting that, along with a path to two max salary slots in 2019-20 in exchange for getting rid of a grumbling Timofey Mozgov? According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski , the deal can't be completed until the moratorium ends on July 6.

Could Disney Be Pressing Pause On Star Wars Spinoffs?
Initially announced as "anthology" movies, the spinoffs got off to a rocky start and haven't exactly been smooth sailing. Now a major U.S. site is reporting that Disney and Lucasfilm has put all future Anthology movie plans "on hold".

Eva Longoria and Jose "Pepe" Baston welcome baby boy
USA, who was wearing a " Santiago " necklace in the images. "New year, new adventures!" she captioned the pic. Santiago weighed in at 6 lbs., 13 oz.

Texas deputy charged with sexual assault of undocumented immigrant's child
Mr Nunez has been charged with super aggravated sexual assault, a charge applied when the victim is under six years old. The Bexar sheriff called the case "heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time".

Supreme Court sidesteps major rulings in gerrymandering cases
In fact, the Roberts opinion for the court decided as little as possible, leaving nearly everything to be decided another day. As for what standard will govern in the near future, Roberts's opinion essentially left all options open.

Oppo shows Apple how to eliminate iPhone’s notch with style
The Verge reports that once you turn the phone on and swipe on on the lock screen , the camera slider comes up to scan your face. Coming to the specifications, the Oppo Find X runs on Color OS 5.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo, and sports a 6.4-inch display .

Australia's Paine seeks quick remedy after loss in 2nd ODI
But next ball he was out when Tye took the edge and Paine held a superb one-handed catch as he dived to his left. Early dismissal is an occupational hazard for all openers, and certainly for someone as attack-minded as Roy.

Dayton, Swanson challenge 'immoral' border separations of families
Democrats have seized on the family separation issue, swarming detention centers in Texas to highlight the policy. Almost 2,000 minors have been separated from their families since Sessions announced the policy in April.

David Warner to play Caribbean Premier League for St Lucia
Warner will be next seen in action in the Global T20 tournament in Canada, where he has signed by Winnipeg Hawks. He further added his expectations of Warner adding value to the dressing room and on the field as well.