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New Zealand’s Prime Mum-ister

New Zealand’s Prime Mum-ister

Friday, 19 January, 2018 - 06:15
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (R) and her partner Clarke Gayford announce to the press that they are expecting their first child, in Auckland on January 19, 2018. Diego OPATOWSKI / AFP

New Zealand's Premier, Jacinda Ardern, announced Friday she is expecting her first baby as she declared "I'll be a prime minister and a mum".


The 37-year-old, who was sworn in last October, is set to become the country's first leader to give birth while in office.


Ardern was all smiles Friday as she appeared with partner Clarke Gayford at their home in Auckland to announce the "unexpected but exciting" news of their first baby.


"Clark and I are really exited to share...that in June we are looking forward to welcoming our first child," she told reporters.


"We still have to get used to saying that out loud because we’ve been keeping that to ourselves for quite a long time."


The charismatic leader enjoyed a rapid rise to the top ranks of politics, winning office last year just months after taking the helm of the center-left Labor Party.


"We thought 2017 was a big year!" she tweeted.


"This year we'll join the many parents who wear two hats. I'll be PM and a mum while Clarke will be 'first man of fishing' and stay at home dad."


Ardern said she would take six weeks off after the birth of her child, with maverick Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters taking the reins of office.


Ardern, who did not reveal whether she was expecting a boy or a girl, said she and Gayford previously had doubts they could conceive.


"Clarke and I have always been clear we wanted to be parents but had been told we would need help for that to happen," she said. 


"That's made this news a fantastic surprise."


She tweeted a picture of two large fishing hooks, one with a smaller hook inside it, in reference to Gayford's career as a television fishing show presenter.


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