Pregnant New Zealand minister cycles to give birth at hospital

Julie Anne Genter and her partner Peter Nunns set off on their bikes for Auckland City Hospital

New Zealand's Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, has been labelled a role model after riding her bicycle to the hospital to give birth.

A third snap pictured Genter standing beside her partner, Peter Nunns, each grasping the handlebars of a bike with a bright pink helmet in her bike basket.

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!"

"Beautiful Sunday morning for a bike ride, to the hospital, for an induction to finally have this baby". "My partner and I cycled because there wasn't enough room in the vehicle for the support crew. but it..."

"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".

She is not only Women's Minister but Associate Transport Minister in New Zealand's center-left government, advocating for sustainable travel.

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"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.

The impending birth comes just weeks after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern returned to work after having her first child, daughter Neve, in June.

But she says the ride also put her in the "best mood possible".

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

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

It will be Genter and Nunns' first baby.

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