At the Green Party conference in Palmerston North, co-leader James Shaw talks about the impending arrival of Julie Anne Genter’s baby.
New Zealand Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter has biked to the hospital to have her first baby.
The 38-year-old – who is the Minister for Women and Associate Minister of both Health and Transport – posted a series of snaps to Instagram on Sunday.
“Beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction to finally have this baby,” she wrote.
“This is it, wish us luck!”
Genter said she and her partner, Peter Nunns, cycled to Auckland City Hospital because “there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew… but it also put me in the best possible mood”.
Beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction to finally have this baby. This is it, wish us luck! (My partner and I cycled because there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew… but it also put me in the best possible mood!) #42weekspregnant #cycling #bicyclesarethebest
Genter, who is 42 weeks pregnant, previously said she was planning a natural birth at home using a rented pool.
She will be the second Government minister to give birth this year, after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to her first daughter, Neve, in June.
This is Genter’s third pregnancy – she lost the first two to miscarriages.
“So this has been a surprise – but really welcome and exciting,” she said in February.
She is planning to take around three months off from Parliamentary duties but just six weeks off her ministerial role.
After that, Nunns will take on fulltime caregiving.
Green Party co-leader James Shaw will take over as acting associate transport minister and acting associate health minister while Genter is on maternity leave.
Shaw will take on these portfolios on top of his roles as climate change minister, statistics minister, and associate finance minister.
Meanwhile, Eugenie Sage will take on the role of acting minister for women.
At the Green Party conference on Sunday, Shaw said it was “very on-brand” for Genter to cycle to hospital for the birth.
“We’re just delighted that a second ministerial baby is on the way, very proud to be part of a party that supports that, and very proud to live in a country where two members of the country’s executive are able to have children as part of their job,” he said.
“It’s fantastic news.”
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