Ardern promotes baby inspired change at UN

Jacinda Ardern has gone full on baby promotion at the United Nations.

CNN: Jacinda Ardern hopes taking her baby into UN General Assembly will inspire change

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has told CNN she hoped the decision to bring her 3-month-old baby to the United Nations General Assembly would “create a path for other women.”

Ardern’s daughter Neve was in the audience as her mother addressed the assembly while her father, Clarke Gayford, held the baby.

“I want to normalize it,” she told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, of Neve’s presence at a work event.

“If we want to make workplaces more open, we need to acknowledge logistical challenges… by being more open it might create a path for other women.

“What I consistently acknowledge is that I have assistants who help Clarke with the ability to juggle his career and be our primary caregiver,” she said.

“What has struck me is the number of men and women who have said ‘we do the same thing.’ There’s a lot of discussion… And we need to normalize that too.”

It may have some positive effects, but I’m not sure the UN will be enhanced by a smattering of crying babies and children running up and down the aisles. Who knows – it could inspire some changes in a dysfunctional place.

It would have more impact to have an impoverished African or Indian or North Korean mother and her starving bay speaking at the UN.

She says the forward-thinking nature of the public has been hugely supportive since she announced her pregnancy.

“I’d classify us as being incredibly progressive,” she said of New Zealanders.

“The fact I’m the third female Prime Minister, I never grew up believing my gender would stand in the way of doing anything I wanted.

“I credit the women who came before me and credit New Zealanders for welcoming me having a child… positivity outweighed negativity. I’m proud of the nation.”

Good promotion for new Zealand, but I’m not sure what it is going to do for us here.

Does this mean Ardern will be using her baby more as a symbol in our Parliament? Neve may at least look more mature than some of the behaviour in the debating chamber.


  1. Gerrit

     /  26th September 2018

    Big difference between the press access to mother, father and bay at the UN versus New Zealand journalist at our parliament.

  2. Gerrit

     /  26th September 2018

    bay = baby

  3. PartisanZ

     /  26th September 2018

    “Good promotion for New Zealand, but I’m not sure what it is going to do for us here.”

    Should have the desired effect … Encourage more rich Americans, especially ‘preppers’, to buy ‘Kiwi’ land, and ‘Communist’ Chinese individuals and corporations to invest in residential real estate and plant pine trees and build resorts on the remaining land not owned by Americans …

    Orh, sorry, I coulda just said “Foreign Investment” …

    Ever considered that the U.N. might be a haven of sanity in a dysfunctional world?

    • Gezza

       /  26th September 2018

      Not when Trump’s there it’s not.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  26th September 2018

        Create a path for other women ???

        Who the hell does she think she is ? How feeble does she think women are ?

        This is appalling arrogance.

  4. Patzcuaro

     /  26th September 2018
  5. robertguyton

     /  26th September 2018

    Sanctuary says (quite rightly)
    “This “Handley affair” is about as a ridiculous exemplar of a beltway issue as you can possibly find. While the political pundits twist themselves into knots in Byzantine dissections of who said what to who when, and why and where no one actually gives a flying f**k. Curran is gone, the issue is over except for the pointy heads.

    Granted, it is the sort of issue that political journalists love. It requires no actual leg work from them, it is entirely introspective (thus safely sealing them off from any intrusion of beastly reality) and they can spend endless hours asking pointlessly detailed questions in a desperate attempt to achieve a gotcha moment, before declaring it a scandal and interviewing each other about what their complete failure to reveal anything new means.

    But mostly it is just yet another a distraction in an increasingly ugly and open misogynistic ongoing campaign against the idea of a mother being PM being waged by a cabal of bitter middle aged men on our media, who hate having a woman (and mother) who is clearly more successful than them rubbed in their faces everyday. Jacinda cannot, ever, be given a break for fear these angry white men night find themselves culturally marginalised. And these are the same chummy journo mate types who spent nine years making excuses and running interference for John Key.”

    • Gezza

       /  26th September 2018

      Well, I dunno – I think maybe Sanctuary might be projecting a little. It’s really all about a dodgy situation involving an awkward appointment of a mate of Jacinda’s where the stories she’s told don’t match up with the facts now coming out – the same sort of thing the journos loved piling into Bill English and John Key over.

      The thing is the msm loves a sensation and has journos at both ends of the left/right spectrum – and a few who might pass as reasonably neutral.

      The way it works is, when the Left is in government their supporters say that the msm is hostile to the government because (insert one or more possible reasons), and when the right is in government, their supporters say that the msm is hostile to their government because they’re all lefties and socialists or commies (because Massey University’s journo survey said so).

      Central to all complaints is someone from the one side stating what the other side really means.

      • robertguyton

         /  26th September 2018

        Your final sentence is the nub of so much of all this and worth repeating over and over, Gezza – succinctly and perceptively put!

        “Central to all complaints is someone from the one side stating what the other side really means.”

  6. Pink David

     /  26th September 2018

    It’s almost like she has had a baby as a political statement…or as a PR opportunity.

    • robertguyton

       /  26th September 2018

      A dafter claim would be hard to find.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  26th September 2018

        I don’t believe that the timing was the accident that we were supposed to think that it was.I am not that naive.

        The UN General Assembly is a place for serious business and decsion-making, not a creche or playground, and small children have no place there. It is totally inappropriate to use this as a forum for showing off.

        Does she really delude herself that she is the first mother (or parent) to be there ? She comes across as very arrogant and patronising towards other women and I suspect that this may be resented. The world doesn’t need her to lead the way and tell people that having children is normal as if they wouldn’t know this if she didn’t deign to tell them so,

  7. robertguyton

     /  26th September 2018

    A collection of comments from TS (especially for you, PDB):
    “The Handley affair is a nothing about nothing. In IT it is not unheard of to have a job rescinded – normally you get 4 weeks in lieu of not getting job even after you have signed the contract. His main beef seems to be he was talking to officials and he was used to dealing with “more senior people”. His petulance and complete lack of professionalism once it was clear that he was not getting the job show how unfit he was, as many IT people had been pointing out.”

    “The Handley affair is a nothing about nothing”. I absolutely agree, Lucy – I don’t know why we continue to give it oxygen.
    I don’t think we need to keep responding to the likes of Shadrach who I don’t think are offering a sincere opinion so much as continuing to stir the pot in an attempt to continue to engage the serious dimwits who support this nonsense. I suspect by now we are down to the right wing ninnies who would vote National ‘if it was a dead horse’ (quote from Brian Talboys about a conversation he had as a newbie when feeling nervous)”

    “It’s all they’ve got to bash her with JanM.

    With Jacinda once again making such a huge impression on the world stage, they are demonstrably shaking with rage and jealousy.

    Hell hath no fury etc. – in reverse.”

    “God imagine if Simon bridges was there instead – oh the embarrassment and horror!”

    “To coin a phrase, she’s blowing up, bigger than Ben Hur. In years to come, more people will claim to have voted for her in her first election than were actually enrolled. Girl babies will be called ‘Jacinda’ and boy babies ‘Ardern’. Read it here first folks…”

    “It would be interesting if someone were to walk through a comparison between Key’s brain fades and outright lies over the appointment of Ian Fletcher. I suspect some of those trying to sell a false analogy could use the reminder.”

    “They wouldn’t give a toss – this isn’t about whether or not the right thing has been done, this is just dirty politics – whatever it takes to come out on top! I am so sick of these ethic-free low-lifes!!!”

    • Corky

       /  26th September 2018

      “The Handley affair is a nothing about nothing. ”

      Really? Shows me how dumb this government is. Maybe they need a 101 on media studies. Next, an explanation of what an ”opposition”party does. Especially one that received many barbs from Labour when they were in government.

      ”With Jacinda once again making such a huge impression on the world stage, they are demonstrably shaking with rage and jealousy.”

      Well, yes and no. I’m already thinking about what’s next for Jacinda…and at what point does it become untenable for you to post on this blog because even your flunkies won’t be able to suppress a snigger.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  26th September 2018

      So a Minister was sacked for nothing about nothing? I guess there’ll be plenty more then. The ability of the Left to overlook their own failures is splendid.

  8. wooden goat

     /  26th September 2018

    I’m just steeling myself for the inevitable second Ardern baby which will be timed to be born a month or two before the next election.
    It’s as inevitable an “election fixture” as a Nicky Hager book.

  9. Gezza

     /  26th September 2018

    You know, to be fair, Trump brought his kids there. Why shouldn’t anybody else?.