An­other day in (the) of­fice

Business Spotlight - - UNITED STATES -

For Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, hav­ing a baby while in of­fice was noth­ing out of the or­di­nary. When she an­nounced her preg­nancy in Jan­uary of 2018, she was sur­prised at the re­ac­tion. “I’m just preg­nant, not in­ca­pac­i­tated,” she told the New Zealand news me­dia.

In Au­gust, she re­turned to work af­ter six weeks of ma­ter­nity leave. Al­though she is not the first na­tional leader to give birth while in of­fice — that was Be­nazir Bhutto of Pak­istan in 1990 — Ardern is the first elected world leader to take ma­ter­nity leave.

The prime min­is­ter and her part­ner, Clarke Gay­ford, named their baby daugh­ter Neve Te Aroha. Te aroha is a Maori word mean­ing “love” and is the name of a moun­tain near where Ardern grew up.

Ardern says she and Gay­ford want Neve to grow up speak­ing both English and Maori. Ardern’s Labour gov­ern­ment has an­nounced plans to have the Maori lan­guage taught in all New Zealand schools by 2025.

Back to work: Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern with baby Neve

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