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Congratulations Jacinda Ardern

Written By: - Date published: 10:59 am, January 19th, 2018 - 124 comments
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In breaking news from twitter:

Congratulations Jacinda and Clarke.

124 comments on “Congratulations Jacinda Ardern ”

  1. Sanctuary 1

    My mate owes me $20, I said that was how Winnie would get to fufill his wish to be PM while Jacinda is on maternity leave.

    AND A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO JACINDA AND CLARKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BEST WISHES. 🙂 🙂

    • Anne 1.1

      Hell’s bells. I was contemplating exactly that scenario last night and had the same thought about “Winnie”… he’ll get to be PM for a while after all. And no, there was no whisper in my less than pearl-like ear. Great minds and all that…

  2. Stunned Mullet 2

    Winston Peters acting PM… 😆
    ..and of course wishing the mother to be, father and child all the best.

  3. Muttonbird 3

    Mark Richardson will be crimson with rage.

    Nothing on Kiwiblub yet. Must still be working out the attack line although I’m surprised Farrar didn’t have something ready to go.

    • Stunned Mullet 3.1

      Why would he be crimson with rage ?
      I expect he’ll have a good laugh and say ‘told you so !’ and then wish them all well

    • Sanctuary 3.2

      The Kiwiblog sewer will finish making a moral exception and writing excuses for Trump and the hookers (and all while his wife was nursing their new born son) in order to be outraged – OUTRAGED – at having a sinful PM setting a bad example by having a child out of wedlock.

      • Muttonbird 3.2.1

        Lol, that’s happening already. But be careful – criticism of Trump is frowned upon here too.

        • adam 3.2.1.1

          Nice shiny new attack line of anyone who does not support the loony narrative coming out of the corporate democrats and h.r.c. cronies.

          P.S. trump is a wad of racist puffery and a stalwart of the 1% – he works against working people, and no I don’t think he is a russian plant. I’m convinced the elites in the USA hate working people all on their own.

      • Firend of Trump 3.2.2

        He probably does not care about a nobody, who has never done anything for anybody.

        Other than this pregnancy. which is her first real life achievement of any merit.

        [Letting this one through just to marvel at his spelling – MS]

    • Cinny 3.3

      LMAO, was thinking the same about mark richardson, will def be watching the PM’s Monday morning interview on the AM Show.

    • Unicus 3.4

      The right in our country have long demonstrated the absence of any moral compass what- so- ever again we are witnessing it’s paucity of character and decency in their shallow attempts to turn this marvellous event into a circus.

      The expectation and birth of a child is about the finest achievement of any species – humans included.

      To Jacinda and Clark effusive congratulations .

      To the bigoted toads and intestinal worms of the right – shame on you .

    • Hanswurst 3.5

      I’m kind of sick of the attitudes to Mark Richardson on here. He’s a lightweight but clever commentator with a sharp and highly distinctive sense of humour, who does a good job in sports and lighter current affairs. I doubt it even occurs to him that anyone might take him too seriously on politics. Yes, he put one significantly dickish question to Jacinda Ardern and he clearly isn’t a leftie, but the picture some paint of him as some sort of Neanderthal who can’t get his head around the fact that the conservatives are no longer in power… it just doesn’t tally with the fairly self-aware fellow with a gift for self-deprecation and parody who presents himself on radio and on screen.

      • Cinny 3.5.1

        He’s an ego maniac

      • Ed 3.5.2

        Richardson is an arrogant selfish ignoramus.
        Symptomatic of the ‘me’ culture of New Zealand since neoliberalism took hold.

      • Muttonbird 3.5.3

        The ‘lovable larrikin’ persona might once have been true during and immediately post cricket career on the crowd goes wild but that has certainly changed. He’s now a significant part of a very political show – in fact most of the content is political and he doesn’t shy away from pointing down the camera and giving advice directly to party leaders.

        This action and other outbursts are not “self depreciation and parody”, he is deadly serious and it shows his political broadcasting ambitions are very much in the front of his mind.

        When he was a sportsperson and sports broadcaster I had no idea what his political affiliations were. Now we are left in no doubt.

  4. Takere 4

    BREAKING NEWS! No news on how many houses have been built? Or when the MSD/WINZ Ceo Brendan Boyle is going to get the sack? Oh no, and the PM’s hapu ffs!

    • mickysavage 4.1

      Gee …

    • patricia bremner 4.2

      Takere, what on earth? Jacinda being hapu is not going to impede progress. These issues are under review, but will take more than 100 days, or even 9 months come to that. She has appointed competent people.

      • Et Tu Brute 4.2.1

        Just over eighty, only fifty something being business days and a lot of them being during the holidays. Not sure what people expect. Governments take time to move. If it was rushed people would point to all the mistakes done in haste.

    • Marcus Morris 4.3

      Sir Geoffrey Palmer gave the perfect response to utterances of this kind of trash.

    • NZJester 4.4

      The biggest impediment to fixing the problems and building those extra houses is the financial mess that the last National Government left the current Labour government. The previous Labour government before the last National one left them with a balanced budget with all essential services properly funded, international debt paid off and good future income from tax and SOEs. Something they immediately started to screw up by borrowing money to pay for a tax cut for the rich that was meant to help stimulate the economy but instead started to stagnate it.
      This Labour government inherited a budget heavily in the red. Most essential services underfunded, record international debt, and a low tax intake, and SOEs hamstrung by forced debt. One of the most profitable not hamstrung by debt no longer returning the same returns to the government as it was partly sold off and a lot of that money is now going into others pockets.
      National claimed it was going to increase the number of state hoses, but instead by stealth actually sold a lot off so that the number shrunk. A lot of houses were not properly kept maintained and become so run down that people could no longer live in them and some got closed after testing positive for P by testing methods that experts say where very questionable and prone to high false positives. Testing that was in a lot of cases done by subsidiaries of companies that also owned cleaning companies that offered P decontamination services and so had an incentive to keep using the testing method that returned a lot of false positives.

  5. Ad 5

    Awesomeness!

    She’ll be a great example.

  6. Pat 6

    “In a statement, Ms Ardern confirmed deputy prime minister Winston Peters will take on the role of Acting Prime Minister for six weeks after the baby is born.”

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/348447/prime-minister-jacinda-ardern-announces-pregnancy

    Congratulations are indeed in order

  7. Muttonbird 7

    This will be big world news. Talk about putting NZ on the map! Er, at the same time as having a baby.

  8. veutoviper 8

    Wonderful news!

    According to the RNZ 11am, the (current) plan includes Winston Peters taking over as PM for six weeks (?) at the time of the birth, then JA will return to work.

    Jacinda’s parents will be returning to live in Auckland in the very near future as her father moves from his position as NZ High Commissioner in Niue to take over as Administrator of Tokelau, based in Auckland. Apparently her sister may also be returning to NZ with her husband and two children from London where she has lived for some years. So, plenty of wider family support, including Clarke’s family.

    Link re Jacinda’s fathers appointment to Administrator of Tokelau announced in mid Dec 2017
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11960450

    (Dreadful picture of her father …)

    As an aside, congratulations also to the (bearded) DPS officer in the above picture – he and Jessica Mutch of TVNZ’s Q & A announced their engagement in late December!
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/celebrities/100389478/tvnzs-jessica-mutch-engaged-to-political-bodyguard

  9. Firend of Trump 9

    Congratulations to the two of them. Winston and Jacinta, both getting what they wont.

    [Letting this one through so we could marvel at the spelling … – MS]

  10. Ovid 10

    Brilliant news. I wish Jacinda and Clarke all the best.

  11. JessNZ 11

    At least THIS baby news is relevant to NZ… unlike the other baby news frenzy 🙂

  12. eco maori 12

    Congratulations Jacinda and Clark wish you all the best you will be excellent parents Ka pai. Winston will hold the Fort down well while you have six weeks off the baby will be like a new moko to Winston. Ka kite ano

  13. BM 13

    Why is Winston Peters going to be PM?

    Was that part of the secret coalition agreement? as for six weeks and back to work.
    Bollocks, she’s gone in April/ May and that’s her role done.

    Peters for a year as PM as she “makes her mind up about coming back” and then it gets passed on to Andrew Little.

    • mickysavage 13.1

      BM …

      How about we have a bet on this? $100 to charity of other’s choice that Jacinda will still be PM at the end of this year.

      • Tuppence Shrewsbury 13.1.1

        Jacinda will make a wonderful mother and prime minister. I don’t have much respect for Clarke professionally, but he’ll make a wonderful father as he’s got the good sense of humour necessary for fatherhood. So together they’ll raise some outstanding children, i just hope the media gives them time to be parents.

        But surely someone better than Winston peters could have been found amongst the governing caucus that would be a better acting prime minister? This is not a silver lining but looming thunderstorms. What assurances do we have that he’s going to be kept in line by labour during what will be a trying period?

      • JohnSelway 13.1.2

        Ooohhhh – can get in on that?

      • paul andersen 13.1.3

        Im not a betting man, but I will have some of this. come on bum, put your money up. show us how brave a right wing stooge is……

    • The Fairy Godmother 13.2

      And the wicked fairy came to the party uninvited grumpy because they hadn’t received an invitation …….

      • BM 13.2.1

        Wicked Fairy, Lol.

        Congratulations to both of them, the thing is though this was obviously planned, she entered the race for PM while trying to get pregnant.

        Do you think it’s sensible for a woman who’s trying to become a first time Mum to run for the job of PM?
        One of the most stressful jobs in the country and when you’re on record as stating you suffer from crushing anxiety issues?

        I certainly don’t, but it does explain why she took the job on though, she knew it was only going to be a short-term gig.

        • Sam 13.2.1.1

          Reserve your outrage BM. It’s not the first time Jacinda has birthed a child as an MP.

          Winston as acting PM won’t be as kind as I am…

          • alwyn 13.2.1.1.1

            “It’s not the first time Jacinda has birthed a child as an MP”.
            I’m not sure you really meant to say this.

            • Sam 13.2.1.1.1.1

              I just checked and found out its her first child. I could have sworn she already had children… I guess the MSM narrative worked…

              • NZJester

                Maybe you miss read an article that says she will be the second woman prime minister in history to give birth while in office?

        • Ad 13.2.1.2

          Maybe the Prime Minister can have a child and a career at the same time.

          Bill English was fairly successful at it.

          • D'Esterre 13.2.1.2.1

            Ad: “Bill English was fairly successful at it.”

            PM pregnant: I was thinking that this would indeed be news, were English still PM!

            Congratulations to Jacinda and Clarke: I wish them all the best for the future.

        • The Fairy Godmother 13.2.1.3

          There are two parents here. It looks like Clarke is taking on the primary parenting role plus Mum and Dad are coming back to NZ. I would say it will be much less stressful than for a young poor solo parent. A very sexist comment BM and one befitting of a bad fairy.

        • Tracey 13.2.1.4

          You are an idiot who could not even be bothered reading. They thought they couldnt get pregnant without help. Ergo this was unplanned. Out come all the people still in 1818 not 2018.

          So far to go for so many men and women about who is capable of what.

          Anyway arent offspring of PMs off limits?

          • rightly or wrongly 13.2.1.4.1

            Couldn’t get pregnant without help?

            Hmmm the mind boggles….. someone to hold their hands?

            Need to read the instruction manual?

            Need suitable qualifications?

            Suitable work experience?

            Anyway, however they did it, with or without professional assistance, congratulations to them both.

            • Psycho Milt 13.2.1.4.1.1

              Couldn’t get pregnant without help?

              Hmmm the mind boggles….. someone to hold their hands?

              Oh right, there’s nothing funnier than people having trouble getting pregnant. Oh, wait – yes there is! Birth defects! Oh, how we laughed…

            • mary_a 13.2.1.4.1.2

              @ rightly or wrongly (13.2.1.4.1) … not funny at all.

        • KJT 13.2.1.5

          How many children has Bill English had while trying to be prime minister, again?
          Someone should tell him what causes them.

        • mpledger 13.2.1.6

          Trump spends all morning watching Fox news, the weekends playing golf and the rest of the time he seems to be on twitter. And he’s got a dependent child as well.

          Jacinda should have it sussed … especially with all that family support.

          She’s not afraid to make some big calls … That’s what we want in a Prime Minister.

          Congratulations!

        • Carolyn_Nth 13.2.1.7

          if a woman PM cannot have a child while in office, there’s something wrong with our political and parliamentary system.

          That you should claim it will be a problem, indicates how much our political system is built on patriarchal values.

          In a democratic system, all genders, at whatever age our parental status should be able to be the leader. If not, then change the system – it does take a village to raise a child.

          The parents are committed and will share duties – possibly also with their extended families – and they have the resources. That’s how many communities raised children going back centuries.

          Think about all those families with absentee fathers, who have been politicians in the past – not a good way to raise children, nor a good role model for society.

          • mpledger 13.2.1.7.1

            I didn’t claim it was a problem – quite the reverse. I was commenting on how the most powerful country on earth keeps ticking over when very little work is done by its leader.

            So all this chatter (from before) about how Jacinda being a mother is going to impinge on her time to lead the country is just silly. If you’re a leader and can’t delegate (at home and at work) then you’re not much of a leader.

            The reason I said It was a big call was because all the media chatter was about how she couldn’t be leader and have a child – she had to maker her own call and disregard all the finger wagging of the pale, stale media males. She was able to rise above the media buzz and make her own decisions.

            Totally different to Key who’s entire leadership was built around what other people said (particularly focus groups and polls).

    • patricia bremner 13.3

      How gracious of you BM!!

    • Ross 13.4

      To be fair, BM, Winston is filling in for Jacinda for only 6 weeks. Bill English filled in for nine months…and Key had already had his vasectomy by that stage. 🙂

      • Puckish Rogue 13.4.1

        Well six weeks…for now

      • Sam 13.4.2

        What??? Hang on… “Key had already had his vasectomy by that stage.” <<< this can't be true can it??? New Zealand wasn't actually lead by a half man was it?

        Now Ross. You can't go around flinging accusations like that if its not true… So is it true the national party is full of lies and half men?

    • Tanz 13.5

      Yep. got it in one. Once she has the baby she won’t want to leave him/her, once all those maternal emotions come into play. Very lovely news for Arden, exciting, good for her. Winston Peters will have his dream job, at five percent of the vote, omg, now it makes sense why he chose Labour. I too predict she will bow out, and Peters will be our PM for some time. This is going to be very very interesting! MMP is goneburgers, if Peters becomes PM for any real length of time, he has no mandate for PM at all. Can the secret doc. now be released?

      • Ross 13.5.1

        Tanz,

        Why are you complaining about Peters being PM – you voted for him!!

        Bill English has had five kids while serving as an MP. It can be done, the world isn’t about to end!

        • Tanz 13.5.1.1

          I am happy for Ardern and her baby, I never said I wasn’t. Good for her. I just don’t think someone with five percent of the vote should be PM, for any length of time. Obviously Labour must have promised him this, something that National never would, and good on them, principles. I voted for him under false promises and intentions. I know how hard it is for a young mum to leave her baby for any length of time, but it is different for every Mum, and she is entitled to whatever choice she wants. It’s the Winston as PM factor I don’t agree with, not anything else. He has five percent of the vote!! Anyway, it’s going to be most interesting to say the least. Things just got more exciting! People on other blogs are complaining that Arden isn’t married. I say who cares to that! Winston shouldn’t be PM, other than that, all the best to Ardern re her baby etc.

          • Psycho Milt 13.5.1.1.1

            Obviously Labour must have promised him this, something that National never would, and good on them, principles.

            Yer a laff riot. National promised him a lot more than Labour, just not when it came to his party’s policies. I was pleasantly surprised when he went with the policies, I have to admit.

            What’s odd is that you consider it outrageous that the party you voted for went into coalition with the party that was willing to accept more of your party’s policies. Did you not actually look at what you were voting for, or something?

            Good for her. I just don’t think someone with five percent of the vote should be PM…

            So, when Bill English was acting PM while John Key was away, you must have been incandescent with rage! How many people voted for Bill to be PM? None! Zero per cent! And yet, there he was, acting PM, for all the world as though someone had voted him into the job! My God, what a betrayal from National!

            • Tanz 13.5.1.1.1.1

              Yes, but he was endorsed by the majority at the last election. English received roughly 200,000 more votes than Ardern. There’s the endorsement. Not his fault we have a cockaninny electoral system that allowed one man to choose between red and blue, basically running a dutch auction! And as for voting for Winston, he has betrayed many voters and sold his soul for power. Also, the negs. with National were just a farce, possibly National knew that…the conversations must have been grim…no way did they offer him anything, they loathe him, English always looked grim on camera during the coalition talks, he knew that Peters was simply out for political utu…what a sad state of affairs in forming a govt! Open and transparent, yeah, nah.

              • Who voted for him to be acting Prime Minister while John Key was overseas? If you’re complaining about Winston as acting Prime Minister, how did you cope with all the previous acting Prime Ministers? Were you born last year?

              • McFlock

                Tanz, please learn one day that <50% is not and can never be a "majority".

              • Kat

                TANZ in type sounds just like Paula Bennett in voice.

              • Ross

                Tanz

                NZF didn’t get 5% of the vote, it received 7.2%. It was the third most voted for party after Labour and National. You might recall that David Seymour was the only ACT MP elected in the last Parliament and he found himself in government! Not bad for a party that polls at less than 1%.

                As for “political utu”, who released details of Peters’ superannuation to the media?

            • NZJester 13.5.1.1.1.2

              National would have promised Winston a lot, but I think that aching in his shoulder blades from all those knives he had removed from his back in the past from Nationals may broken promises to him outweighed all of Nationals offering when he could see that most of his policies crossed over with Labours own policies and they would definitely find the money if they could to implement some of his ones. With National, he knew he would find they would likely give his policies lip service and offer up stripped down version of them that would be useless. A lot like how National took some popular Labour policies, gutted them and offered them up to the public as something good they were doing to trick swing voters with smoke and mirrors.

  14. Puckish Rogue 14

    So now the real reason Winston went with Labour becomes apparent

    Also congratulations as its always a good thing when a couple want and have a baby

  15. patricia bremner 15

    Jacinda and Clarke will be great parents. Congratulations and best wishes.

  16. Ad 16

    Prime Minister Ardern keeps delivering. ka-ching

    I’m looking forward to lots of really bad Labour puns.

  17. ianmac 17

    Great news there Jacinda and Clarke. Best wishes.

  18. Rosemary McDonald 18

    Congrats and all that….just another couple having a baby and having to organise who does what and who gives up full time work…all that stuff that most of us here have done… so no big deal.

    BUT…if we are going to be blighted with endless bloody front pages of the women’s trash mags featuring glamour shots of the PM wearing the latest designer preggy wear or Jacinda and Clark go baby shopping or renovate the nursery or how Jacinda deals with stretch marks/morning sickness/piles/constant need to pee/reflux/varicose veins…. I swear I won’t be accountable for my actions.

    Prime Minister is an important role, and yes, the one before last made it a celebrity gig and we all mocked him mercilessly for it.

    So , Prime Minister…some gravitas, please.

    • adam 18.1

      I blame Key, he really took it down a notch, or two, or three…

      • Sam 18.1.1

        That’s the thing with choosing political novices. They’re pretty much starting from zero. Where as Jacinda has been a politician her whole life pretty much. So I wouldn’t expect a politician to be any good at derivatives trading and I wouldn’t expect a trader to be any good as PM. They’re totally different skill sets.

        People who trade would make terrible PM’s because real traders get the results.

    • patricia bremner 18.2

      Rosemary, you know the magazines make “sh… up” to increase their circulation, so yes we will get all of that …. officially or unofficially. Some flattering, some unflattering depending on their political views.

      I think Jacinda and Clarke will be open, as usual. Good luck to them navigating the sharks and shoals of new territory.

      May her family friends and supporters keep them safe and supported at this important time.
      She is making political history, showing what equality should be.

      • Rosemary McDonald 18.2.1

        “She is making political history, showing what equality should be.”

        Well, not quite…it has been done before.

        All I’m asking re the media is that they just…don’t.

        The PM needs to concentrate 100% on getting shit done before she’s benched with bubs.

        No time whatsoever for silly, magazine fripperies.

        She’s got a country to run.

    • OnceWasTim 18.3

      I’m looking forward to JA ‘mincing’ on the catwalk modelling the Blackferns new uniform, and the dressing room after-game shots.

    • Ad 18.4

      There’s gravitas in being a mother.

      There’s also gravitas in being a Prime Minister.

      You just need to get over your prejudice against what supermarket shoppers read at the checkout.

  19. Macro 19

    Queen Victoria was Monarch of an Empire and had nine children, four boys and five girls, between 1841 and 1857.
    Jacinda is carrying on a fine tradition. I too worked as #1 caregiver for a number of years, so my thoughts with Clarke, I’m sure he will enjoy the task as much as I did.
    Congratulations to them both.

  20. mary_a 20

    Congratulations Jacinda and Clarke. No doubt Winston will be thrilled to bits as well 🙂

  21. Reality 21

    Such exciting news for the mum and dad to be, and for New Zealand, and to show the way how progressive and adaptable people can be if they really want to. There is always a way to manage what might once have been an impossible scenario. Jacinta has said she and Winston have a great relationship so best wishes to everyone involved.

  22. mac1 22

    Congratulations, both, and best wishes.

    A big commendation for Clarke as house husband to be. I had that role thirty years ago. Then, it was novel. Now, much more common place and a good thing, too, as our society matures.

    Parenting is such an important role. Well done!

  23. AB 23

    This is just nice and normal, the way things happen to regular people. It doesn’t aggrandise anyone or mythologise ‘leadership’.
    Really pleased to have dodged the puritanical dullard from Dipton/Karori.

  24. Pete 24

    David Farrar has a sensible, mature response to the news. (I am one to have a go at him for a lot of his propaganda.)

    Naturally enough not all posters on his site are the same. The baby will be born into a world of intolerance, lack of intelligence and plain nastiness and vindictiveness.

    Not just necessarily in countries war-torn or those with scarcely believable living conditions and other horrors, but it good old, little New Zealand. Those determined to make a case for us being described as a shit hole country now have the simplicity and beauty of a baby being born to use. And they’re taking it.

  25. Ed 25

    Congratulations Jacinda and Clarke.

    • James 25.1

      Are you congratulating him for becoming the “first man of fishing” ?

      Nice to see Jacinda and Clarke endorsement of such a great kiwi past time as wel.

  26. CHCOff 26

    Congratulations & good luck to the couple.

    While i voted for NZ1st, i don’t know if it serves much purpose Winston being an extended acting PM, apart from giving the cynic Winston brigade fodder to claim more justification for their extended grieving about the election.

    A significant factor in the Labour vote ( & getting the support for the main govt. role) was a gender vote, so elevating Megan Woods into the role along with abit of a shake up in their gender balance of roles would be more opportunistic it seems to me in a voter confidence type of way & ‘brand identification’ if you will, with Ardern acting as senior advisor to Woods through out the period that she feels comfortable being off to complete the process of having her baby in relation to her P.M. role & it’s ambitions.

    But however it shakes out, congratulations and good luck to the aspiring parents.

  27. Cinny 27

    Sooooo happy for them, CONGRATS Jacinda and Clarke !!!!!!!!!!! What a good buzz !

    Having seen our incredible PM interact with children there is no doubt she will be a stellar mum.

    Happy New Year 🙂

  28. Keepcalmcarryon 28

    Very cool!
    Congratulations, genuinely nice people and I’m sure they will be fantastic parents. Jacinda is breaking new ground in parliament, all power to her.

  29. mauī 29

    A 2020 election win is guaranteed now as baby Labour grows up infront of the nation’s eyes.

  30. Marcus Morris 30

    The more I digest this excellent piece of news the more acceptable and exciting I find it. A huge plus is that it will prevent the inevitable speculation about “is she, isn’t she” or “do they, don’t they” if it hadn’t happened.

  31. neil 31

    I see there is a lot of vile comments from the nat supporters appearing already in comments on the announcement on stuff.co.nz

  32. riffer 32

    I see this as a win-win scenario for many of us.

    While women and girls are given a brilliant example of role modelling in that we no longer can consider childbirth as a barrier to reaching and staying at the highest levels of office, but also the message is clearly sent to all, and encouraging men and boys, that stay-at-home fathering is an acceptable choice in our modern society.

    I wish them all the best. Great news. Outstanding.

  33. UncookedSelachimorpha 33

    Good stuff, and likely to be a good example for NZ on the modern workplace, and will win Adern much support from the wider public I think.

    The nastiness on whale soil and the like is going to be hilarious!!

  34. Whispering Kate 34

    Great news – the country needed some happy news and can only be an encouragement for all modern families today to share the work load of child raising. All power to the two of them in this new coming baby.

    Jacinda says she can multi task – like all women they have an innate ability to do multiple tasks at hand – she will do a great job – just managing her morning sickness without a soul knowing about it has earned a medal from me. The world has been given notice – we can have a mother to be as PM – may other countries follow suit from this example.

  35. All power to Jacinda !

    And that old Silver Fox ,… you just dont outwit him no matter which way you turn. He will be stand in Prime Minister .

    He reminds me of Snoopy…

    Snoopy’s Christmas — Royal Guardsmen – YouTube
    christmas bells red baron snoopy you tube▶ 3:09

  36. Carolyn_Nth 36

    Congratulations to the parents to be. Great role model for fathers, mothers, and politicians.

    I hope it all goes well, and that, Ardern’s government will bring in policies to help make the future bright for all children born this year…. and the next…. and the next…. with a caring, sustainable, and livable world while they grow up, and grow old.

  37. Jackel 37

    Congratulations Jacinda, so you’ve finally got yourself a real job, being a mum.

  38. Takere 38

    Q: With the PM Preggers. With an income in excess of $470k I guess the child will have a good start in life ay? On $470k+ I’m sure the kid will have a nice dry warm house to live in with plenty of kai & a nanny or two as well as two parents to care and provide for them and probably a Trust Fund set up for their privileged widdle future… Move the Fuck On NZ. Like, How many houses have they built? Are they still spending $140k/day on Emergency Accomodation for the Homeless families! Why is Brendan Boyle,MSD/WINZ Ceo still got a job! FFS!

    • weka 38.1

      Pretty sure you can answer those questions yourself, but I’m guessing zero (how many houses could you build in 3 months while taking on a new job?); probably not but again, the timeframe; and the govt can’t fire civil servants for political reasons.

  39. cleangreen 39

    On behalf our communities, of HB/Gisborne Jacinda & Clark;
    Congratulations on the announcement today, of the future arrival of a baby, we all look forward to your becoming a ‘mum & dad’ to offspring.
    A very warm regards to you Jacinda as you prepare for motherhood,

  40. McFlock 40

    Isn’t there a practise of not announcing a pregnancy until the first trimester has gone okay? Turns out all the help they needed was a bloody good victory celebration 🙂 .

    Good for them. I know couples who have had difficulty getting pregnant without that good luck, and frankly it’s damned tough if you really have the urge to sproggify and shit just doesn’t work out like that.

    All the best to them.

    • weka 40.1

      I think it’s also not uncommon for women to get pregnant after they give up trying.

      It’s the end of the first trimester right?

      • The Fairy Godmother 40.1.1

        I’d say it was the beginning of the second as she is due in June five months away.

      • McFlock 40.1.2

        ISTR that some obs/gyns recommend holding off on public announcements for about that long because odds of complications decrease massively after that period, but the timing for it struck me as amusing.

        The other thing that can happen is a couple do the full attempt rigamarole for years, finally a child results, and then an unexpected sibling comes soon after with no effort whatsoever. Loads of things can affect fertility of either partner, stress included.

        But a lot of it is just luck, good and bad. Even besides any other issues, I can’t imagine much of the last few months has been stress-free.

        And I do know a couple of folks who would be awesome parents, and basically yearned for it, and it just wasn’t to be (well, never say never, but in one particular case I’m thinking the odds are statistically microscopic when looking at age-related fecundity distributions let alone their specific complications).

  41. james 41

    Congrats to the happy couple.

    Its going to be a hard road ahead for them – having a kid is tough. Having a kid and being PM I think will be a lot harder.

    I hope she makes a real go of it and does well in both.

  42. mosa 42

    Well done Gayford you are a machine and well done PM for bringing one home for the team !!!

    Jacinda will make a great mum and still be a great PM at the same time and she will find it hard to not be with bubs after only six weeks of bonding but the responsibilities of the premiership are all consuming but she is tough and can handle it just fine.

    Winston must be in line as one of the god parents and i bet that was in the coalition agreement somewhere in one of many sub clauses.

    Congratulations are in order and i think it might be a boy.

  43. millsy 43

    CV is bouncing around on Twitter suggesting that Ardern knew she was pregnant before the election.

    But congratulations anyway. I can see Mallard holding the baby in the debating chamber already.

    According to the Media, Pakistan’s Bhutto also had a baby while in office. So if a lady from a conservative Muslim country can do it, Jacinda can.

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    2 weeks ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the politics of anger, plus a music playlist
    Angry? Are you talkin’ to ME? Of late, the Code Red levels of resentment inspired by the government’s Covid policy almost make one hanker for the days when people could write best-selling books about New Zealanders being The Passionless People. Not anymore. A hissy fit arms race seems to be ...
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  • More Vietnam Veterans to receive compensation for Agent Orange Exposure
    Minister for Veterans, the Hon Meka Whaitiri announced today that two new conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure have been added to the Prescribed Conditions List. Under the 2006 Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Crown and representatives of Vietnam veterans and the Royal New Zealand RSA. Vietnam veterans in ...
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    9 hours ago
  • Government commits to international effort to ban and regulate killer robots
    Minister of Disarmament and Arms Control Phil Twyford announced today that New Zealand will push for new international law to ban and regulate autonomous weapons systems (AWS), which once activated can select and engage targets without further human intervention. “While the evidence suggests fully autonomous weapons systems are not yet ...
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    11 hours ago
  • New freedom camping rules – right vehicle, right place
    Tougher freedom camping laws will be introduced to prevent abuse which has placed an unfair burden on small communities and damaged our reputation as a high quality visitor destination. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has confirmed that new legislation will be introduced to Parliament following an extensive round of public consultation ...
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    12 hours ago
  • Government invests to support a classic Kiwi summer
    Vaccinated New Zealanders can look forward to Kiwi summer events with confidence, while artists and crew will have more certainty, following the launch of details of the Arts and Culture Event Support Scheme, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “The Government recognises that the arts and ...
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  • Grace period for expired driver licences cruises into 2022
    Due to the ongoing Delta outbreak and extended lockdowns, all New Zealand driver licences and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will now be valid until 31 May 2022, Transport Minister Michael Wood announced today. “This further extension to the validity of driver licenses recognises that ...
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    12 hours ago
  • Delivered: 1,000 extra transitional homes
    A further 1,000 transitional homes delivered  New housing development starts in Flaxmere, Hastings  The Government has delivered the next 1,000 transitional housing places it promised, as part of its work to reduce homelessness. Housing Minister Dr Megan Woods is marking the milestone in Hastings at a new development that includes ...
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    13 hours ago
  • Traffic light levels announced
    The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red The rest of ...
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    1 day ago
  • Financial support to move to traffic light system
    A new transition payment will be made available particularly for affected businesses in Auckland, Waikato and Northland to acknowledge the restrictions they have faced under the higher Alert Levels. Transition payment of up to $24,000 as businesses move into traffic light system Leave Support Scheme and Short Term Absence Payment ...
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  • New Ambassador to Russia announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Sarah Walsh as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Russia. “Aotearoa New Zealand and Russia have a long-standing relationship, engaging on a range of regional and global interests including disarmament and Antarctica issues. We also work together as members of the East ...
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  • New Permanent Representative to the UN announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced the appointment of Carolyn Schwalger as Permanent Representative to the New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. “Aotearoa New Zealand is a founding member of the UN and we have worked hard to ensure our stance on human rights, ...
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    2 days ago
  • Further COVID-19 economic support for Cook Islands and Fiji announced
    Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta today announced a further package of support for the Cook Islands and Fiji for COVID-19 economic support and recovery. “Aotearoa New Zealand remains committed to supporting our Pacific fanau and vuvale to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 on their economies, and move towards long-term ...
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  • New law will clear the air for tamariki in vehicles
    From today, it’s illegal to smoke or vape in most vehicles carrying children aged under 18 years old - whether the vehicle is moving or not. “Second-hand smoke poses an unacceptable risk to our tamariki and rangatahi,” Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall said. “We know children in vehicles ...
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    3 days ago
  • Nine countries designated very high risk
    Nine southern African countries are being added to the very high risk countries list following public health advice around the newly discovered COVID-19 variant Omicron, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said. This afternoon, a public health risk assessment was carried out to assess the emerging evidence and any risk to ...
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  • Foreign Affairs Minister concludes final stage of world trip
    Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta today departed North America to return home to Aotearoa, concluding the last stage of her 17-day world trip. The final leg of her trip saw her visit the United States of America and Canada for a number of high-level discussions. While in Washington D.C., ...
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    3 days ago
  • Milestone launch of Pacific Languages Unit
    Today’s official launch of the Pacific Languages Unit is a milestone for our Pacific communities, the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio said. The Pacific Languages Unit brings together a new set of language supports within the Ministry for Pacific Peoples to provide advice, commission research, maintain standards, promote ...
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    3 days ago
  • Public Health Lecture – University of Otago
    Public Health - Lessons from New Zealand’s COVID-19 response and opportunities for the future E nga mana, E nga reo,                                          E nga iwi. Tēna koutou katoa. Ka huri ki nga mana whenua o te rohe nei. Tēna koutou. He mihi hoki ki a tatou kua tau mai nei I raro I ...
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    4 days ago
  • New Zealand statement on situation in Honiara, Solomon Islands
    Aotearoa New Zealand is deeply concerned by the events which have been unfolding in Honiara, Solomon Islands, since Wednesday. “New Zealand is a long-standing partner of Solomon Islands, and there are deep and enduring connections between our two countries,” Acting Foreign Affairs Minister David Parker said. “Our engagement in Solomon ...
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    4 days ago
  • Nailed it! Over 500 apprentices get jobs boost
    Over 500 apprentices and cadets have been placed into work across New Zealand thanks to the Government’s booming build programme, that’s both constructing public houses, and maintaining older homes. Housing Minister Megan Woods announced the milestone today at a public housing construction site in Riccarton, Christchurch. “This Government’s investment in ...
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    4 days ago
  • Investment to support maternal mental health
    Associate Minister of Health Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced an investment to help expand maternal mental health services in five District Health Boards. “Supporting parent’s mental wellbeing during their child’s first 1000 days, from conception to two years of age, is critical to the long-term emotional, mental and physical wellbeing ...
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    5 days ago
  • Workplace vaccination requirements extended to cover Police and NZ Defence Force
    With the support of the organisations, additional vaccination requirements will cover sworn members, recruits and authorised officers of the New Zealand Police, and all New Zealand Defence Force staff. First doses of the vaccine for workers in these organisations are required by 17 January 2022, and second doses by 1 ...
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  • Aotearoa New Zealand and Canada to pursue greater Indigenous collaboration
    During her visit to Ottawa, the Honourable Nanaia Mahuta, New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister for Māori Development, met with the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canadian Minister of Indigenous Services, and the Honourable Marc Miller, Canadian Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, to further expand and develop the positive relationship ...
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  • Māori vaccination rates reach 80% first dose
    Associate Minister of Health (Māori) Hon Peeni Henare today confirmed that Māori across the motu have now reached 80 percent for first doses of the COVID-19 vaccination nationally. “We have seen a huge increase in vaccinations for Māori throughout November, since the beginning of the month the increase for first ...
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  • Subsequent Children legislation to change
    The Government has today introduced legislation that will reverse provisions in the Oranga Tamariki Act as part of a path to rebuild trust and confidence in the organisation. “The Oranga Tamariki Amendment Bill makes a number of changes but by far the most important is the partial repeal of the ...
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    5 days ago
  • Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill introduced to Parliament
    The Minister of Justice has confirmed the introduction of the Security Information in Proceedings Legislation Bill to Parliament. National security information is information which, if disclosed, would be likely to prejudice New Zealand’s security, defence, or international relations. “This Bill adds to the Government’s work to strengthen New Zealand’s protections ...
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  • Shortcomings revealed in power cut investigation
    No household should have had their power disconnected 18 recommendations, mostly EA and Transpower related The EA must strengthen its oversight of the system operator An investigation into power cuts that left more than 34,000 households without electricity on one of the coldest nights of the year has found that ...
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  • COVID-19 Protection Framework supported by new testing and contact tracing strategy
    Wider use of rapid antigen testing from 1 December Increasing daily laboratory capacity to 60,000 PCR tests Q1 2022 A new national telehealth case investigation service with 475 investigators A nearly $1 billion investment in testing, contact tracing and case investigation A new national testing strategy will provide better protection ...
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    5 days ago
  • Supporting New Zealanders to recover from COVID-19 in the community
    $300 million boost to Pharmac to buy new medicines to treat COVID-19 Care in the Community approach will see most cases receive initial contact from a healthcare provider wiithin 24 hours Support pack provided within 48 hours Regular health checks throughout recovery The Government is increasing the support for New ...
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  • Additional support for people isolating at home
    New regional MSD COVID-19 welfare teams to coordinate social service support for those isolating at home Regional teams working alongside other government agencies, iwi/Māori and community providers for housing, food and income support Government investment of $204.1m into welfare system support for Care in the Community Minister for Social Development ...
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    6 days ago
  • Tax bill provides vital support for families
    A boost to Working for Families tax credits, as part of a package of financial support that will see 346,000 families better off, has been passed into law late last night.  Revenue Minister David Parker said the measures would lift the incomes of those receiving the Family Tax Credit, the ...
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  • New text service to support disabled peoples’ vaccinations
    Efforts to support disabled peoples’ vaccinations go from strength-to-strength with the launch of a new text service, Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni announced today. The service, run by Whakarongorau Aotearoa on behalf of the Ministry of Health, is in response to feedback from the disability community and is an ...
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  • Proactive Calendar Release – October 2021
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  • Pacific community reach vaccination milestone
    Pacific communities across the nation have rolled up their sleeves and played their part to reach a major vaccination milestone, 90 percent  have now had their first vaccination, Aupito William Sio, Minister for Pacific Peoples and Associate Minister of Health said. “Reaching this milestone reflects the work Pacific Health Providers ...
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  • Reconnecting New Zealand – the next steps
    Fully vaccinated Kiwis and other eligible travellers can travel to NZ from Australia without staying in MIQ from 11.59pm Sunday, 16 January 2022 Fully vaccinated Kiwis and other eligible travellers can travel to NZ from all other countries from 11.59pm Sunday, 13 February 2022 All fully vaccinated individuals will be ...
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    6 days ago
  • Shot in the arm for Canterbury tourism
    A brand new tourism attraction launched in the Canterbury high country is designed to transform the regional economy from seasonal peaks and troughs of past visitor trends. Regional Economic Development and Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has officially opened the Ōpuke Pools at Methven, which received government backing from the Provincial ...
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    6 days ago
  • Combined efforts connecting locals to nature
    A Government investment in six community and iwi-led projects across the Hawke’s Bay district will provide nature-based jobs for more than 60 locals, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan says. “Combined, these projects are contributing to a really ambitious conservation effort across the region, while at the same time up-skilling and offering ...
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    7 days ago
  • Empowering Diverse Communities
    Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson has approved five funding grants to support national-level family violence and sexual violence prevention initiatives for LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people, older people and new migrant communities. “Local community initiatives are a key lever in reducing violence. The Government ...
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    7 days ago
  • Moriori Claims Settlement Bill passes Third Reading
    The Moriori Claims Settlement Bill has passed its third reading at Parliament, marking the completion of the historical Treaty of Waitangi settlement process for Moriori. “This is the final milestone for Moriori and the Crown and is a new beginning in our relationship,” Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew ...
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    1 week ago
  • Permanent drug-checking law passed and new providers appointed
    Drug-checking services will continue to operate legally at festivals, pop-up clinics, university orientation weeks and other places this summer and beyond, thanks to a law passed today, Health Minister Andrew Little says. The services have been legal since last summer under temporary legislation that expires next month. The Government’s Drug ...
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    1 week ago
  • Pacific communities supported to transition to the COVID-19 Protection Framework
    The Government has agreed to support Pacific health providers and communities’ transition to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework, Minister for Pacific Peoples and Associate Minister of Health, Aupito William Sio said. The Government recognises that there is a clear need to prepare new systems and healthcare approaches, to protect and ...
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    1 week ago
  • Government helps Pasifika Festivals to ride the COVID wave
    As we transition into a new way of managing COVID and take steps towards giving vaccinated New Zealanders more freedoms to enjoy Aotearoa’s arts and culture, 19 Pasifika festivals across the motu are receiving funding through the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni said. These ...
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    1 week ago