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Jacinda Ardern's maternity leave plan: 'I'm certainly hoping for the best'

Jacinda Ardern's maternity leave plan: 'I'm certainly hoping for the best' Jacinda Ardern's maternity leave plan: 'I'm certainly hoping for the best'
Steven Clarke | 17 May, 2018, 13:41

"The Deputy Prime Minister and myself contact each other frequently when we are no here in Wellington as well".

"Can I just say the Prime Minister and I crafted this letter...any anyone that says otherwise, to use Geoffrey Palmer's favoured phrase, is spreading rumour with malice".

New Zealand's gift to the Royal wedding of His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle will be a donation to Pillars, a New Zealand charity supporting the children of prisoners, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

Ardern: "This is a letter that simply sets out our usual operational day-to-day way of working anyway".

The pair addressed media at her weekly post-cabinet press conference on Monday afternoon, given the "public interest" of what will be happening over this period. It reflected what was already in the cabinet manual.

"Broadly speaking, the deputy prime minister will exercise the function and powers of the prime minister in consultation with me if appropriate", she said.

Van Marwick trims Socceroos' provisional squad
Australia will gather for a training camp in Turkey before global matches against Czech Republic (1 June) and Hungary (9 June). And the announcement came as Cahill was unveiled as the face of the Socceroos' key sponsor Caltex's new advertising campaign.

She says she will continue to receive Cabinet and Cabinet committee papers while she is on maternity leave and will be consulted on "significant matters".

"It does unbelievable work with the children of prisoners and their family and whanau to achieve generational change, to support those children for better outcomes for them and their family", Ardern said.

Peters will remain in his offices on the Beehive's seventh floor rather than moving to Ardern's office on the Ninth Floor. "The actual activity of the deputy prime minister taking on the acting role is not".

Mr Bridges pointed to a survey which he said shows business confidence is down in New Zealand since the Labour Government came into office and accused Ms Ardern of waving their issues away in her answers during Question Time.

A subsequent joint press conference with Peters - who is also Foreign Minister - confirmed the arrangement.

Ardern, 37, ended by saying she is "certainly hoping for the best" when it comes to the plan however as parents know, babies have been known to arrive earlier and later than their expected due date.

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