Jan 22, 2018

Young, unmarried couple in New Zealand have sex. You won’t believe what happens next!

News that New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern was pregnant sent the country into a frenzy last week. We examine the responses which ranged from lovely to bizarre to downright nonsensical.

Rebekah Holt

Freelance journalist

On Friday the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clark Gayford announced her pregnancy via social media. Ardern will actually be only the second female PM to become a mother while in office. The first was Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto.

Amidst the various lovely responses, and perhaps the faintest sound of Justin Trudeau having a little jealousy weep, was the collective relief of many newsrooms. Deeply afraid that January would never end, journos were understandably thrilled that they had a lead story that didn’t involve Trump, the summer road toll or the creepily slow recognition that New Zealand may have sold all the pretty bits of the homeland.

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11 thoughts on “Young, unmarried couple in New Zealand have sex. You won’t believe what happens next!

  1. Decorum

    One cool thing about this: I had no idea she was unmarried. I would have thought that that would have been trumpeted across all media, and I find it very encouraging that nobody (other than Crikey, albeit ironically) has deemed it worthy of mention.

    1. nathan rogers

      I think it was just complacency that it wasn’t mentioned. If Rupert (sorry I assume he is every country’s problem) had interests in the New Zealand market or thought that she was a chance of winning, he would have brought it up to get the conservatives frothing.

      1. Dog's Breakfast

        I proudly told my daughter that she was unmarried, and that only 30 or 40 years ago this could have led to calls for invasion. She is wonderful. NZ can pick some good PM’s in amongst the dross. We just get dross.

  2. jmendelssohn

    And of course the extra bonus for Winston Peters is that he will have a whole 6 weeks as Acting PM. No wonder he’s so supportive.

  3. paddy

    Standing ovation and a koala stamp to the subeditor. 🙂

  4. AR

    Sheesh, “..the media knew this, and felt it fit into what we know..” and “..with less money and less villagers.“.

    1. 124C4U

      You had better explain that to many.
      I think more people speak that Yank pidgin in Aus. than English. Even our own version of it.

      1. [email protected]

        Yank English here is merely an indication of how much US culture has spread. Folk singers adopt a nasal whine, yeah replaces yes on ABC. Ditto ‘she’s like’ for ‘she said’, and so on. Once Mandarin influence replaces that of the US , elements of Chinese Speak will infiltrate instead.

    2. Keith1

      @AR … and “what we knew of her”, surely?
      But is there, perhaps, a case for a Freudian present tense? These clued-up journos, as opposed to the hoi poloi wondering how conception could possibly have happened, were so privily psychic that they actually felt something fit in, in real time, as it happened, as it were.
      Bears thinking about… well, no it doesn’t actually.

  5. DBT

    “But sitting in Melbourne I could hear the gates to stupid town swinging wide open.” Gold!

  6. kyle Hargraves

    With reference to the headline, no less an individual as Virginia Woolf declared that “at twenty eight a woman can no longer be considered young”. Woolf was, however, writing in 1925. Perhaps (social) perceptions have changed over 90+ years.

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