New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern in labour with first child

Lester Mason
June 21, 2018

Whether you couldn't care less about the arrival of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's baby or you're second-screening Tristram Clayton's live feed from outside Auckland Hospital, there are many questions to be answered about the pending arrival of baby Ardern-Gayford.

The pregnant Prime Minister arrived at Auckland City Hospital accompanied by her partner Clarke Gayford on Thursday morning.

Mr Peters - a colourful political veteran and head of the populist New Zealand First party - had already taken over some of Ms Ardern's duties in recent days, including running cabinet meetings in the capital of Wellington while she stayed close to home in Auckland.

Ardern's due date was June 17.

She has not said whether she's expecting a boy or a girl.

'I am able to do what I'm doing because I have enormous support around me and it makes me quite privileged'.

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters and the Greens co-leaders have joined in the nationwide excitement as they wait for the birth of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's first baby.

Ardern has said she is confident the government will continue to run smoothly in her absence.

The 37-year-old will become a mother just months after she took the country's top job in October.

The only other comparable example was Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto giving birth to daughter Bakhtawar while in office, on January, 25 1990.

Ms Ardern addresses parliament in Wellington.

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