Friday, January 19, 2018

NZ Prime Minister Pregnant

It's an elegant circle that starts with NZ being the first country in the world in which all women had the right to vote...continues with Ardern's election as prime minister in 2017... and now this.

Why does it matter? For heaven's sake, pregnant women used to have to go into confinement. Now they can run countries! (Plus, stay-at-home dads.)

“I am not the first woman to multitask. I am not the first woman to work and have a baby,” Ardern said in a news conference Friday. “We are going to make this work, and New Zealand is going to help us raise our first child.”

Via Ardern's twitter...
We thought 2017 was a big year! This year we’ll join the many parents who wear two hats. I’ll be PM & a mum while Clarke will be “first man of fishing” & stay at home dad. There will be lots of questions (I can assure you we have a plan all ready to go!) but for now bring on 2018

Via Jezebel...
Ardern will take six weeks maternity leave, then return to her post. To those who have questioned her ability to work and be a new mom, Ardern said, “None of them detected I had pretty bad morning sickness for three months of establishing the government.” Hell yeah.

And finally, via BBC...
Ms Ardern, 37, is now set to be the second elected world leader to give birth while in office - and the first to do so in almost 30 years. In 1990, Benazir Bhutto gave birth to a daughter while serving as Pakistan's prime minister - in what was reported to be a first for an elected leader, rather than royal families.

For more on NZ's impressive record on women's rights and a video of Ardern's announcement, click here.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Vulnerable, Entitlement, Diversity, Transgender, Fetus, Evidence-based, Science-based

These are all important words, but apparently the CDC is no longer permitted to speak or write them. So I will, as often as possible in these increasingly repressive United States.
Policy analysts working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told on Thursday about a list of forbidden words being imposed by senior CDC officials, according to a report in The Washington Post. The forbidden words are reportedly “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based.”
More here.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Great Barrier First Island To Be Designated Dark Sky Sanctuary

Via The Telegraph...
This island of steep forested hills, wetlands and sweeping white-sand bays is completely off grid. All the residents are responsible for supplying their own power through solar, wind or gas. There are no billboards or street lights. And the complete lack of light pollution makes for a very sparkly stratosphere. 

We tried like crazy to get there toward the end of our North Island visit, but it was not to be. In 2019 I'm thinking we'll land in Auckland and fly directly there.

The Milky Way, seen from Great Barrier 
Credit: The Renegade Peach Project/Mark Russell

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jacinda Ardern New Zealand's Youngest Prime Minister in 150 Years

After an agonising day of waiting Peters announced he would support Labour because the global environment was undergoing rapid and seismic change, and he believed a Labour government was best-placed to handle the social and economic welfare of New Zealanders. 

More here from The Guardian.

Photograph: Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images 

Also via the Guardian...