Green party minister bikes to hospital to have baby

NZ Minister for Women cycles to hospital to give birth

NZ Minister for Women cycles to hospital to give birth

Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter has biked to the hospital to have her first baby.

She posted pictures on Instagram of her and her partner enjoying the "beautiful Sunday morning" ride.

"My partner and I cycled because there wasn't enough room in the auto for the support crew", she wrote.

The Green Party's Julie Genter said she went by bicycle to be induced because "there wasn't enough space in the car".

"I just think it's fantastic news and we wish her all the very best".

The journey using an electric bike was "mostly downhill", the keen cyclist said, joking: "Probably should have cycled more in the last few weeks to get the labour going!"

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.

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She recently returned from six weeks' maternity leave.

Ms Genter is due to give birth at the same public hospital as Ms Ardern.

Minister for Women and Associate Transport and Health Minister Julie Anne Genter posted a photo of herself on Instagram, Sunday morning, standing beside her bike outside Auckland City Hospital.

"I think that it's OK to celebrate it".

"So this has been a surprise - but really welcome and exciting", she said in February.

A photograph showing New Zealand's heavily pregnant Minister for Women at the end of a bike ride "to finally have this baby" has made headlines around the world. National's Ruth Richardson breastfed at work in 1983 and a child-care centre was established in parliament in the 1990s.

A playground is now being built on parliament's grounds amid a push by the Speaker of the House to make the precinct more family friendly.

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