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 politician Julie Anne Genter, 38, travelled on a bicycle to the Auckland City Hospital alongside her partner "because there wasn't enough room in the car".

The 38-year-old American-born politician has always been a promoter of pedal-powered transport, frequently publicising bicycle initiatives through her social media.

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

She added on Instagram, "It also put me in the best possible mood!"

She revealed in the post that she cycled to hospital, with her partner, so she could be induced into labour.

"I'm very proud to be a member of a party that supports that, and proud to be living in a country where two members of the country's executive are able to have children as part of their job", Shaw said. Genter's partner, Nunns, will assume the same role for their child, and she has said she plans to resume some ministerial duties from her home in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, six weeks after the birth.

Genter pictured with her modified baby buggy in downtown Auckland.

The minister, who will take three months maternity leave, joins a number of politicians who have had babies while in office.

A heavily pregnant New Zealand minister cycled to hospital to give birth on Sunday, saying there wasn't enough room in the vehicle for her.

Before she left the capital, she told AAP there was a sense of hopefulness among women seeing government ministers becoming mothers for the first time.

It will be Genter and Nunns' first baby.

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