Jacinda Ardern announces she is having a baby!

Must See 19/01/2018

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern has announced the exciting news that her and partner, Clarke Gayford are expecting a baby.

She shared the news on her Instagram saying: "And we thought 2017 was a big year! Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three, and that we’ll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats."

Ms Ardern says partner Clarke Gayford will stay home as the primary caregiver.

"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."

Ms Adern said she has met with Mr Peters to share the news - and ask him to take over as Acting Prime Minister for six weeks.

"Yesterday I met with Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters, to share the news and to ask him to take on the role of Acting Prime Minister for a period of 6 weeks after our baby is born."

Ms Ardern said she and Mr Gayford are particularly lucky - they had been told they would need "help" to become parents.

"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.

"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."