New Zealand's Minister for Women cycles to hospital to give birth

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 20, 2018

A New Zealand Greens minister showed remarkable commitment to her party's environmentalist ethos by getting on her bike and cycling to hospital to give birth.

Julie Anne Genter, minister for women and associate minister for health and transport, posted photographs on social media of her "mostly downhill" trip to the hospital while at full term.

"This is it, wish us luck", she continues, before explaining she cycled because there wasn't enough room in the vehicle for her, due to her "support crew".

"My partner and I cycled because there wasn't enough room in the vehicle for the support crew... but it also put me in the best possible mood!"

She posted relaxed pictures of herself and her partner, Peter Nunns, posing proudly next to their bikes, and one of her pedalling, on Instagram.

Now comes the New Zealand minister who cycled to a hospital Sunday to give birth.

"I'm 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", he said.

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

"Julie Anne has been exercising, so it's totally on brand", she said.

Others described the cycle as "crazy" and unsafe, suggesting that Genter could have injured herself and her baby.

Ardern had Neve in Auckland Hospital on Thursday June 21.

New Zealand's minister for women cycled to a maternity unit as she prepared to give birth.

Genter's bicycle ride Sunday was not the first trip to Auckland City Hospital to make headlines.

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

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