Six week present for Ardern – time out

A fairly ironic opinion from an unnamed person at Stuff that seems to lack self awareness: Labour’s baby present? Let Jacinda be a mum for six weeks

The champagne corks were popping at the Beehive when news broke that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had delivered a baby girl. The path to the Sandringham home of Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford will be worn thin with cards and presents from her MPs.

Ardern’s new baby already has enough booties and onesies from well wishers across the country to have a choice of outfits every day of the week.

So the best present Labour MPs can give Ardern is time out. Which means they’re going to have to step up.

Ardern’s Government certainly has plenty of problems to deal with, and a number of Ministers seem to be struggling to cope with their jobs.

Notably, Ardern’s and Labour’s deputy Kelvin Davis seems very uncomfortable and unsuitable for that position.

But probably the biggest threat to Ardern getting reasonable quality of time as a new Mum for the next six weeks is the media.

Can the media give Ardern time out? there’s less chance of that than Government Ministers having a trouble free time in Ardern’s absence.

Of course this will in part depend on whether Ardern wants time out from the media for siz weeks.

We can expect a big flurry of coverage when Ardern leaves the hospital with her baby. That’s unavoidable – it has already been anticipated by Ardern.’

But if Ardern chooses then to make the most of quiet family time for six weeks, will her home be out of bounds to media? It should be unless specifically invited by Ardern.

Can the media give Ardern time out if she wants it?


  1. Strong For Life

     /  June 23, 2018

    Tracy Watkins wrote this item.

  2. Blazer

     /  June 23, 2018

    Someone tell Trav and Missy to stop knitting…booties..the baby has ..enough already.

  3. Ray

     /  June 23, 2018

    Well I just hope (forlornly) that the media gives her time to get through what is for most people a life changing period of their lives.
    And as for the hack who asked Simon Bridges for his opinion on the new first baby but didn’t ask about his 6week old, shame, shame.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 23, 2018

      I imagine that anyone who tells the press what they said when the baby was born and what they had for their first meal afterwards would not want to be ignored by the press.

      There would be nothing to stop her slipping quietly & privately out of the hospital, but I bet that the press will be informed of the exact moment so that she can do a Duchess of Cambridge exit.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 23, 2018

    Who could feel comfortable knowing Winston is sitting in their seat?

  5. Alloytoo

     /  June 23, 2018

    Can Labour really afford a baby news black out at this point, how will they survive without the giant squirrel.

    • Blazer

       /  June 23, 2018

      maybe we can get some….Panda’s…! 😉

      • Ray

         /  June 23, 2018

        Or a Moa.
        Does anybody else when seeing that picture of Trevor clutching a baby, think he is really saying, ” Do it my way or the baby gets it”.

  6. sorethumb

     /  June 23, 2018

    Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said in an email to The Associated Press that it was a very happy day for Ardern and Gayford and that New Zealanders had taken the news of the pregnancy in their stride.

    “This is a sign of our maturity as a country and its acceptance that combining career and family is a choice which women are free to make,” she wrote. “Let’s also celebrate Clarke as a modern man who is happy to be the full time parent of a young child.”

    The former prime minister said attitudes had changed since she’d entered politics and that was a good thing.

    “For New Zealand, these events and the way our country has greeted them will be seen as inspirational by all who advocate for gender equality and women’s empowerment,” Clark wrote.

    Jennifer Curtin, a professor of politics at the University of Auckland, said there was symbolic importance in Ardern giving birth, in that it showed political parties around the world that it was fine to have younger women as candidates.

    She said women often tended to be older when they entered politics. She said in other fields, women have been combining motherhood and paid work for decades, but it has only recently become more manageable thanks to paid parental leave.
    What else wont she be remembered for?

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 23, 2018

      What a load of PC drivel from those two.

      Women are free to make that choice because other people are paying for them to do so and carrying their workload much of the time !