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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expecting first child in June

19 January 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Gladys Hartson -

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford addressed a full media corp outside their home in Auckland this afternoon, announcing they were expecting their first baby in June.

Ms Ardern says while the pregnancy was unexpected they are excited.

Responding to questions how she will juggle raising a child while running the country, the Prime Minister  acknowledged that it will be a balancing act.

“I don’t underestimate that it will take work, and I know I have a lot of support around me.”

“I have to make sure that I juggle both that new role, but also fulfil my duties to New Zealand at the same time,” she adds.

Ms Ardern has received congratulatory messages from former National party Prime Minister, Dame Jenny Shipley, and former Labour party Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Pacific Peoples Minister Aupito William Sio was also among the first to offer his congratulations.

The Prime Minister says she will continue to work until baby is due and will be on leave for six weeks.  

Ms Ardern says it is an exciting time for their families.

 “We’re  pretty honest that this child will probably be raised by a village a very large one.” 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clark Gayford. Photo/ PRN.

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