WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that six months after giving birth, she’s looking forward to spending more time with her daughter Neve over the Christmas break and thanking everybody who’s helped her juggle responsibilities.
Ardern spoke to The Associated Press on Monday as she carried around a box to hand-deliver holiday treats of coffee and peanut brittle to reporters at Parliament. She was keeping alive a tradition in New Zealand that would be hard to imagine in some countries due to the sometimes acrimonious relationships between journalists and politicians.
Ardern is just the second world leader in modern times to give birth while in office. She says she’s had lots of feedback about being a role model, but that her focus remains on furthering the government’s agenda.
The Associated Press