Prime Minister PR plans, if the baby plays ball

The all important PR plans around the birth of Jacinda Ardern’s baby have been announced.


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s plans following the birth of her baby

The Prime Minister’s Office has released details of arrangements around the birth of the Prime Minister’s baby.

The baby – the first child for Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford – is due on June 17.

While the couple are happy to share with the public some moments with their new baby they ask that media respect the family’s privacy in the weeks set aside to be together after the birth, and during private family moments.

The following details outline plans for the birth, and the following six weeks:

  • Jacinda Ardern is planning to have the baby at Auckland Hospital.
  • The couple will announce the birth. A formal announcement from the Prime Minister’s office will follow.
  • There are contingency plans in place for the birth in the event the Prime Minister is not in Auckland.
  • They will not be making other announcements or conducting any one-on-one interviews related to the birth prior to the birth.
  • They will not be giving any exclusive media interviews, or offering any exclusive photo opportunities, prior to Jacinda Ardern’s return to work.
  • There will, however, be an opportunity for media to take photos as they leave the hospital and the Prime Minister will answer a small number of questions.
  • Due to the high level of interest, the Prime Minister will also give one round of interviews to major domestic media outlets close to the time she returns to work. This will be the only formal media opportunity in relation to the new baby.

Tacked on to the end of this New Zealand Government Press Release is a minor bit of information:

Transition to Acting Prime Minister

At the point that Jacinda Ardern arrives at hospital to have the baby, Acting Prime Minister responsibilities will begin for Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

Not sure what will happen if the baby is born in the taxi before getting to the hospital. The probably have a press release prepared for that.

It’s worth nothing that ‘due date’ is not a promise. It could be up to a couple of weeks later than this.

I’m sure the media will be well informed about it when it happens.

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30 Comments

  1. David

     /  June 6, 2018

    And I will be in New York on a carefully timed trip away to avoid the absolute stupidity the media will descend into.
    Bit disappointing she didnt appoint a working group to decide how and where she would give birth though.

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    • Blazer

       /  June 6, 2018

      Arranging your life around the P.M’s unborn child.You sad fuck.Going to America to avoid stupid,hysterical media…are you serious?

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  2. Ray

     /  June 6, 2018

    Well I just hope it all goes well for Miss Ardern and her baby.

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  3. Strong For Life

     /  June 6, 2018

    I hope the birth goes well and the baby is healthy for Miss Ardern and Mr Gayford. I am not looking forward to the event because I know the media will go berserk. The latest royal wedding was bad enough with over-the-top coverage and I think the PM’s baby will be similar if not worse.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 6, 2018

      It could hardly be WORSE.

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      • Gezza

         /  June 6, 2018

        I can think of few reasonably significant differences …

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 6, 2018

          I suspect that the Ardern menage sees little difference in how fascinated people will be.

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          • Gezza

             /  June 6, 2018

            Helluva pram those two have …

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 6, 2018

              There are some on buses that take up nearly as much room, or seem to !

  4. PDB

     /  June 6, 2018

    Pure coincidence of course that at around the same time of the birth the results of the internal investigation (ahem) of Labour’s youth camp sexual assault allegations are due to be released.

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    • Blazer

       /  June 6, 2018

      the suspense is killing….you/me!

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      • PDB

         /  June 6, 2018

        Not really Blazer – we all know that Labour would have been spending these past few months shutting those victims up & covering their own tracks. “Nothing to see here” will be the result.

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  5. Gezza

     /  June 6, 2018

    I expect Clarke will be happy to just continue keeping a low profile & busy himself changing nappies & catching up with other young mums at the park with their three-wheeler running prams.

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 6, 2018

      He wants to build a deck Gezza, and is being laughed at for the naivety by women who know better – haven’t you been reading the headlines!

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/tv-radio/104486487/am-show-shatters-clarke-gayfords-deck-dreams-in-jacinda-ardern-interview

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  June 6, 2018

        I see that the Bella Vista home owners have been ‘jilted’, according to Entertainment. Jilted ?
        Hardly. They have been shabbily treated and are right to be furious and want to be paid back the money they spent, but they were not jilted (left at the altar)

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      • Gezza

         /  June 6, 2018

        He wants to build a deck Gezza, and is being laughed at for the naivety by women who know better – haven’t you been reading the headlines!

        No – tbh if I want to catch up on any of the neighbourhood goss or women’s mag stuff on Clarke & Jacinda I just wait for posts from some of the ladies here – no names though.

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  6. High Flying Duck

     /  June 6, 2018

    I just hope she gets to sell the story to 60 Minutes for $150,000.

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  7. Missy

     /  June 6, 2018

    Who does she think she is? Royalty???

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 6, 2018

      Probably.

      I also think that she has no idea of what it’s like to have a baby.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 6, 2018

      Missy, she must think that she’s the Duchess of Cambridge .

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      • Gezza

         /  June 6, 2018

        Prime Minister Bill English (2016–2017) did not live at Premier House during his term because New Zealand law prohibits Wellington-based MPs from claiming taxpayer-funded accommodation in the capital. His successor, Jacinda Ardern, who is based in Auckland, moved into the official residence.

        Will Clarke be staying there so he can pop bubs up Hill Street into the debating chamber at feeding time – anyone know?

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        • Gezza

           /  June 6, 2018

          Reminds me – last night on 1ewes at 6 they reported they are to build a kiddies playground in the front of Parliament Grounds, to make it a more family-friendly environment. I wonder if these two events are connected?

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 7, 2018

          Probably. I think that mum-to-be is in for a very rude awakening about what it means to be a mother at her age.

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    • Traveller

       /  June 6, 2018

      Yes, but much, much better. A republican.

      Reply
  8. Gezza

     /  June 6, 2018

    Here comes the maternity-cover PM. But which Winston Peters will we get?

    “No doubt Peters has Trumpish characteristics. He relishes ripping the shit out of the media, ideally by unleashing grandiloquent put-downs. Only he could critique a journalist as a “smart alec, arrogant, quiche-eating, chardonnay-drinking, pinky finger-pointing snobbery, fart blossom”.

    But unlike Trump, he understands what is theatre and what isn’t. As often as not, the coda to a brimstone diatribe emptied upon some poor hack or other is a coruscating grin, the grin of the Cheshire Cat, a grin which “remained some time after the rest of it had gone”.

    And whatever characteristics Peters might share with Trump, they pre-date the MAGA tide. Peters and his party, with MMP, may have provided a populist safety valve. The anti-immigration, anti-globalisation sentiment and the nostalgic yearning for a lost idea of nation had an outlet in NZ First. Unlike the US or UK, they had their representation in parliament. Peters had been running similar lines for years. His campaign broadcast 22 years ago concluded with the words, ‘Let’s make New Zealand great again’.”
    More…
    https://thespinoff.co.nz/partner/barkers-1972/04-06-2018/here-comes-the-maternity-cover-pm-but-which-winston-peters-will-we-get/

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