Jacinda Ardern has announced her pregnancy on social media, making her the first Prime Minister in New Zealand to be pregnant while in office.
She is expecting her first child in June, and says partner Clarke Gayford will stay home as the primary caregiver.
“Clarke and I are really excited that in June our team will expand from two to three,” she wrote on Instagram on Friday morning.
“I think it’s fair to say that this will be a wee one that a village will raise, but we couldn’t be more excited.”
The Prime Minister announced her pregnancy with her partner just before 11am on Friday on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
According to a recent press release, Winston Peters to take on the role of Acting Prime Minister for a period of 6 weeks after the baby is born.
“I full intend to be contactable and available throughout the six week period when needed,” she said in the release.
“Clarke and I have always been clear we wanted to be parents but been told we would need help for that to happen,” she said. “That’s made this news a fantastic surprise.”
She is expected to reveal details on her pregnancy at a special press conference at 12:30pm.