New Zealand's Minister for Women cycles to hospital to give birth

Lester Mason
August 20, 2018

Julie Anne Genter, New Zealand's minister for women, posted on social media about riding her bicycle to the hospital to give birth while 42 weeks pregnant. This is it, wish us luck!,' Ms Genter wrote.

"My partner and I cycled because there wasn't enough room in the auto for the support crew... but it also put me in the best possible mood!"

Both she and Ms Genter attended the public Auckland City Hospital. "But it also put me in the best possible mood!"

She is not only Women's Minister but Associate Transport Minister in New Zealand's center-left government, advocating for sustainable travel. She plans to take three months of parental leave after the birth of the child, her first.

The latest post is just part of a well established theme where Ms Genter uses every opportunity to promote cycling - the keen cyclist even employed pedal power when first announcing her pregnancy.

She has recently returned to her role as Prime Minister, following six weeks of maternity leave.


Ardern had Neve in Auckland Hospital on Thursday June 21.

New Zealand's minister for women has cycled herself to a birthing unit as she prepares to have her first child.

A playground is now being built on parliament's grounds amid a push by the Speaker of the House to make the precinct more family friendly.

Genter, who was born in the USA and studied at UC Berkeley, migrated to New Zealand in 2006 and soon after began working with the Green Party.

On its Twitter account, the Green Party declared Genter's bicycle journey to the hospital "the most #onbrand thing ever".

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