P is for Politics P is for Pregnancy

It is official. The world has gone mad. A woman gets pregnant (which is an everyday occurrence) and the MSM and others can write about nothing else. According to the media headlines, this everyday miracle is…

  • good news for working families everywhere
  • proving women can have a baby and a career
  • providing NZ with a kiwi royal family
  • Trailblazing
  • sends a message on gender equality
  • has implications for NZ’s future social policy
  • will reduce gender inequality
  • will normalise what it means to be a “modern” family
  • a timely reminder about pay equity
  • a political pregnancy
  • a “power” pregnancy
  • showing us that Jacinda Ardern is a superwoman
  • one of a list of firsts for the PM
  • what we the voting public needed
  • a chance for Winston Peters to be Prime Minister
  • a reason for Jacindamania to spread to the rest of the world
  • a landmark for women’s rights in NZ
  • a historic moment
  • an inspiration for a generation
  • a symbol of the generational clash
  • good news
  • has brought out sexist Baby busy-bodies
  • shows sexists that Jacinda Ardern is made for motherhood and being PM
  • will upset the nation’s electorate
  • will win the Labour party the next election
  • will upset National strategists attack plans
  • empowers the rest of us
  • will lift children out of capitalism
  • a hit overseas and in NZ
  • seen as a positive by politicians

That is quite a list of achievements for a pregnancy caused by an unmarried man knocking his better half up don’t you think?

Credit: SB Whaleoil

I looked at the headlines collected and published by Bryce Edwards and compared the number of pregnancy headlines with the number of political headlines. Bear in mind that Bryce Edwards’ summary of Media headlines is called NZ Politics Daily, not NZ Pregnancy Daily.

There are 99 posts on the topic of pregnancy and a total of 29 posts on political topics which percentage wise is 77% on pregnancy and only 23% on politics.


Jacinda Ardern pregnancy

Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda is showing us how to do it

Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern may well be a superwoman

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s list of firsts, not just as a woman

Dominion Post Editorial: The PM’s baby is also good news for working families everywhere

Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): This is our royal baby

Heather du Plessis-Allan (Herald): Ardern’s baby is the bump we needed

Weekend Herald editorial: Jacinda Ardern to prove women can have a child and career

Tim Watkin (RNZ): Another step for NZ’s trail-blazing women in leadership

Finlay Macdonald (RNZ): PM’s baby: No need for a public poster-child for perfect parenting

Grant Duncan (Voxy) Opinion: PM’s baby news sends message on gender equality

Sarah Harris (Herald): Dr Jackie Blue says Ardern pregnancy will help reduce gender inequality

John Lewis (ODT): Lecturer sees implications for NZ’s future social policy

Laura Walters (Stuff): PM and partner will help normalise what it means to be a modern family

Ellen Read (Stuff): PM’s baby news a timely reminder about pay equity

RNZ: PM broke news to Peters over tea and sammies

Henry Cooke (Stuff): How Winston Peters will govern while Jacinda Ardern has her child

Newshub: Jacinda Ardern pregnancy: Winston Peters gets his chance as Prime Minister

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Jacinda Ardern’s personal becomes political

Steve Maharey (Pundit): Imagine – Ardern, Gayford, motherhood and work

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern: My grandmother might have said ‘you can’t do both’

Audrey Young (Herald): Ardern says she will donate part of parental leave pay to Plunket in remarks at family-friendly Labour caucus

Cherie Howie (Herald): ‘Jacindamania will now spread to the rest of the world’

Britt Mann, Emma Chamberlain and Leith Huffadine (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s power pregnancy: Another landmark for women’s rights in NZ

Duncan Garner (Stuff): An open letter to Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford

Kate Hawkesby (Herald): Good luck Jacinda Ardern – a baby’s bloody exhausting

Liz Gordon (Daily Blog): Let’s do this

Liam Hehir: First thoughts on Ardern’s baby news…

Tom Sainsbury (Spinoff): Kiwis of Snapchat: Jacinda Ardern, pregnant PM

Oscar Kightley (Stuff): Why this historic moment is beautifully understated

Michelle Duff (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern; an inspiration for a generation

Anna Connell (Newsroom): Ardern: Symbol of generational clash

Eleanor Black (Stuff): Why our PM’s pregnancy is good news

Spinoff: Congratulations Jacinda! Love, Emily Writes

Steven Cowan: Baby Talk

Liam Hehir: Wait? Why am I supposed to be mad at Jacinda Ardern?

Spinoff: The PM’s baby: all the worst takes so far

Stephanie Rodgers (RNZ): Baby busy-bodies: The same old sexist story

Brodie Kane (Herald): Sorry sexists, Jacinda Ardern’s made for motherhood and being PM

Kevin Norquay (Stuff): Jacinda probes draw pregnant pause from cricket commentator Mark Richardson

Stuff: Mark Richardson speaks out on PM Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy: ‘I’m happy for them’

Curwen Ares Rolinson (Daily Blog): On Pregnancy-Induced Irrationality & Mood-Swings In The Nation’s Electorate

Brigitte Morten (RNZ): Did the PM just win the next election?

Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): The shrill scream that chills the blood you are hearing are National strategists throwing all their new year attack plans against the wall

Shamubeel Eaqub (Stuff): Time to value parenting, a job in its own right

Nadine Higgins (Stuff): Jacinda goes from MP to PM to mum and empowers the rest of us

Don Franks (Redline): Lifting children out of capitalism

Susanne Kemp (Redline): Hold the news!  First-ever First World, white, middle class couple to have a baby – and it’s in NZ

Ruwani Perera (Newshub): Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy a hit overseas and in NZ

Jono Galuszka (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern pregnancy seen as a positive by politicians, expert

Audrey Malone, Adam Dudding and Craig Hoyle (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern puts her money where her heart is with Plunket donation

Megan Gattey (Stuff): Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy: What was happening on October 13, when she found out

Herald: Private joy, public face: Jacinda Ardern spent day at Diwali the day after pregnancy news

Laura Walters (Stuff): Ardern-Gayford baby due before extended paid parental leave takes effect

Corazon Miller (Herald): It’s a secret: Jacinda Ardern keeping mum on baby gender

Herald: PM Jacinda Ardern ‘lucky’ to conceive naturally without IVF


PM’s pregnancy – announcement and interviews

Herald: Baby, burgers and flowers: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern celebrates pregnancy

Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern lays out her new plans: An historic first baby

Herald: Interview: Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford sit down to discuss their pregnancy

Newshub: Jacinda Ardern opens up about her excitement for motherhood

Stuff: Ardern vows pregnancy won’t stop her from getting on with the job

Damien Venuto (Herald): Ardern’s social media masterclass

Jenny Noyes (Stuff): Intriguing image Jacinda Ardern used to announce pregnancy has deeper meaning

TVNZ: WATCH: The First baby: Winston, morning sickness and how Clarke found out

TVNZ: ‘I am not the first woman to multitask’ – Jacinda Ardern talks being PM and a mother

Laura Walters (Stuff): NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: Pregnancy ‘unexpected but exciting’

RNZ: At a glance: PM’s baby press conference

Megan Gattey (Stuff): Jacinda and Clarke, the family-focused First Couple of NZ

RNZ: Ardern formed govt while dealing with morning sickness

Megan Gattey (Stuff): Baby in the House: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern set to combine parenting with politics


PM’s pregnancy – stay-at-home dads

Jonathan Milne (Stuff): I’m a great dad! How the new politics will turn parenting perceptions on their head

Isaac Davison (Herald): Welcome to the club, Clarke

Hamish Cardwell (RNZ): ‘Thumbs up’ for the stay-at-home dads

Damien Grant (Stuff): As motherhood approaches, let’s not forget the man at the centre of this

Simon Collins (Herald): Clarke Gayford gets his first parent group invitation


PM’s pregnancy – Parliament

RNZ: Jacinda Ardern pregnant: Politicians past and present lend their support

Derek Cheng (Herald): Politicians congratulate Jacinda Ardern on pregnancy news

Herald: Party leaders congratulate PM on baby news

Herald: Parliament’s new parents Willow-Jean Prime and Kiri Allan pass on congratulations to PM and partner

Danica MacLean (Northern Advocate): Willow-Jean Prime ready to offer baby in Parliament advice – if PM wants it

Audrey Malone (Stuff): Ardern’s baby already has friends in high places

Hiwa-i-te-rangi Allan-Coates (Spinoff): Calling an extraordinary general meeting of the Parly Kids’ Caucus

TVNZ: Parliament already a child-friendly workplace as birth of Jacinda Ardern’s first baby expected in June

Herald: Presence of MPs’ children now actively encouraged by Speaker’s Office

PM’s pregnancy – national and international precedents

Stuff: The women, and some men, who have held power and had children as well

Esme Hall (Critic): Jacinda Ardern is Pregnant. Mark Richardson was still wrong.

Newshub: Jacinda Ardern and Benazir Bhutto: A tale of two Prime Ministers

Jihee Junn (Spinoff): ‘The next day I was back on the job’: the last time a woman PM gave birth in office

Manvash Ali (Stuff): I grew up under a pregnant prime minister; she was a role model and an inspiration

PM’s pregnancy – International reaction and coverage

Guardian Editorial: Jacinda Ardern: pregnant with meaning

Ruby Hamad (Guardian): ‘It’s what ladies do.’ Of course Jacinda Ardern can be ‘prime minister and a mum’

Caroline Davies and Eleanor Ainge Roy (Guardian): Jacinda Ardern: ‘New Zealand will help us raise our child’

Liz Jones (Daily Mail): A pregnant PM isn’t feminism… it’s betraying your voters

Kerri Sackville: Why Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy news is a big deal

Nicole Manison (Stuff): Senior Aussie politician and mum of two offers pregnant Ardern advice

Caitlin Gibson (Washington Post): New Zealand’s prime minister is pregnant. The Internet reacted predictably

RNZ: International media deliver opinions on Ardern

Herald: World reacts to news of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy

TVNZ: News of Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy makes headlines around the world

Stuff: Jacinda Ardern baby news makes headlines around the world


Labour Party

Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Labour looks ahead to the next 300 days

Audrey Young (Herald): Jacinda Ardern: The first 100 days

Mei Heron (RNZ): Govt still to put in place some first 100-day goals

Newshub: Prime Minister discusses 100-day plan

Newstalk ZB: Govt 100-day plan: What’s left on the to-do list?

Kirsty Wynn (Herald): Baby on agenda: Labour’s three day caucus retreat

Herald on Sunday editorial: PM’s political ‘aunt’ stepped aside for her

Lee Umbers (Herald): Dame Annette King: Her life in and out of politics


Herald: Oxfam report – Huge wealth gap in New Zealand where richest 1% own 30% of wealth

Tom Hunt (Stuff): Rich man, poor man: inequality gap grew in 2017, Oxfam report reveals

RNZ: One percent of the population, 30 percent of the wealth

Susan St John and Dr Gerry Cotterell: Our social security safety net has unraveled
Year ahead in politics

Gwynn Compton (Libertas Digital): Previewing 2018: National

Sam Sachdeva (Newsroom): Foreign policy challenges ahead for Ardern government

Richard Prebble (Listener): Jacinda Ardern will face the tyranny of events

Andrew Gunn (Press): Should PM send Winston Peters to winter over at Scott Base?



TVNZ: New Zealanders vote overwhelmingly in support of free dental care in 1 NEWS poll

TVNZ: ‘He couldn’t afford something he needed so desperately’ – New Zealanders share stories of dental problems

Oliver Lewis (Stuff): ED doctor calls for cost sharing discussion on alcohol health expense

Sophia Duckor-Jones (RNZ): ‘Why was everybody so sure it was botulism’

Mike Houlahan (ODT): Hodgson welcomes role in new hospital

Alice Guy (Herald): End of Life Choice Bill sparks debate about euthanasia and Maori values



Lynley Tulloch (Stuff): Teaching our kids to kill in name of conservation

Ged Cann (Stuff): Kiwis need to realise 100 per cent pure is 100 per cent propaganda

David Williams (Newsroom): Mackenzie divisions as wide as ever

Yvonne O’Hara (ODT): Impact of emissions seen in oceans

Herald Editorial: Trash talk can help us move huge mountain

Tom Pullar-Strecker (Stuff): E-waste a ‘priority issue’ promises associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage

Jamie Morton (Herald): Thousands snubbing Waitakere Ranges rahui despit

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