By ETHAN GRIFFITHS

First Baby? Prime Miniature? What’s it’s name? Boy or a girl? We’ll have to wait and see, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Earlier this morning, with a picture of one small and two large fish hooks, Jacinda Ardern announced her pregnancy with her first child on Instagram.

“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.”

Just over four months into being the leader of the country, Ardern says she’s ready for the challenge.“I’ll be Prime Minister AND a mum, and Clarke will be ‘first man of fishing’ and stay at home dad.”

Jacinda Ardern | Instagram

The PM is nearly five months pregnant, saying she kept it all a secret from the country for good reason. She found out on October 16th, right in the middle of negotiations with Winston Peters on who would form the next government. As soon as she found out the news, she Facebook video called her partner, Clark Gayford, who was out of the country filming his fishing show for TV.

“I wondered why she was calling,” said Gayford. “We’d only just talked earlier.”

Both Ardern and Gayford say they are extremely excited to welcome their new child and they accept the fact that their relationship isn’t exactly traditional.

“We do everything backwards. We bought a house together and now we’re having a child together.”

When asked when Gayford plans to pop the question, Ardern turned to her partner and gave him a cheeky look.

“It’ll come,” he says.

Ardern says that she’ll take six weeks leave after the birth of her child and that Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters will take over the role of PM while she is away. “He’s done it before, he can do it again,” she says.

Despite the shock of the announcement, Ardern isn’t the first female leader in the world to have a baby while in office. Benazir Bhutto, former Pakistani Prime Minister gave birth to a child while in office in 1990. Sadly, she was assassinated in 2008.

Despite all the criticism and the talk of this issue in the election campaign, Ardern says she is ready and proud to be a mother. As the leader of our country, we can do nothing except have as much hope in her as possible to raise a fantastic child and keep the country on the right track.

Regardless of your political views, the Prime Minister’s pregnancy stands as a reminder that in our 2018 world, women and girls can achieve anything. Gender has no place to stop you achieving what you want to achieve, and our Prime Minister is a living example.

 

ETHAN GRIFFITHS is a 16-year-old Taranaki lad who loves writing, rugby and cricket. Don’t bring up politics if you are not super bored and don’t want to chat for hours on end. Check out more of his work:

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