LISTEN LIVE KPR - On Air: Listen Live to classical, jazz and NPR news Schedule LATEST
NEWSCAST
KPR 2 - On Air: Listen live to KPR's all talk-radio service, KPR2 Recordings

Share this page              

New Zealand's Prime Minister Ready To Return To Duties After Maternity Leave

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford pose with their baby daughter Neve Gayford at their home on Thursday in Auckland, New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be back on the job soon, after taking six weeks of maternity leave.

Ardern, who assumed office in October, is only the second sitting world leader in modern times to give birth while in office, after Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto. Ardern announced in January that she would temporarily step aside, leaving her duties while on leave to Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

On June 21, Ardern gave birth to her first child, a girl that she and partner Clarke Gaylord named Neve Gayford.

"Looking forward to getting back on deck," Ardern said on Facebook Live last week.

"Looking forward to talking about things like employment, mental health, the economy and the environment. Things that have always been important to us," she said.

The New Zealand Herald notes, "Ardern will return as the teachers are due to strike, the nurses already have, the Government remains at loggerheads with Australia over the deportations policy and the inquiry into the appointment of deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha awaits."

The newspaper says she also resumes her duties amid "slumps in business confidence and warnings of an economic slowdown globally."

In a television interview, Ardern said, like other parents, she has been "so focused on food, nappies and sleep."

How does she feel about going back to Parliament? "I understand how acute it will feel," Ardern told New Zealand Focus. "But, equally, I think lots of parents feel guilt that either they're not doing enough in their parenting role or they're not doing enough in their 9 to 5 role. There is guilt behind every door."

New Zealand's Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard has already laid down strict rules for media coverage of the baby.

According to the Herald, "After speaking to Ardern, Mallard has issued a warning to political media that any filming or taking photos of Neve, even if inadvertent, could result in being stripped of their right to be at Parliament."

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Tower Frequencies

91.5 FM KANU Lawrence, Topeka, Kansas City
96.1 FM K241AR Lawrence (KPR2)
89.7 FM KANH Emporia
99.5 FM K258BT Manhattan
97.9 FM K250AY Manhattan (KPR2)
91.3 FM  KANV Junction City, Olsburg
89.9 FM K210CR Atchison
90.3 FM KANQ Chanute

See the Coverage Map for more details

Contact Us

Kansas Public Radio
1120 West 11th Street
Lawrence, KS 66044
Download Map
785-864-4530 (Main Line)
888-577-5268 (Toll Free)
contact@kansaspublicradio.org