New Zealand minister cycles to hospital to give birth to child

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Genter drove for about one kilometre from her home to Auckland Hospital for the delivery on Sunday

The Hush Post: While our VIPs in India are in the perpetual habit of disrupting the normal traffic by their VIP-movement, a minister in New Zealand preferred not to disturb the aam janta and took a bicycle to the hospital and that too, to deliver a baby.

New Zealand’s Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter cycled her way to the hospital for the birth of her first child. Genter rode for about one kilometre from her home to Auckland Hospital for the delivery on Sunday.

She took the cycle to the hospital only because she wanted to avoid any inconvenience to the general public. In a social media post, Genter said, “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!)”

If Genter wanted she could have also cleared the roads for her and her crew’s smooth passage as she is not only a Minister for Women but Associate Transport Minister in New Zealand’s government.

Genter has given birth to a baby girl and plans to take a leave for three months from office.

Just a few weeks earlier, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern resumed office after having her first child in June. Ardern is the second world leader after Benazir Bhutto (1990) to have given birth to child while in office.

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