Anger after Jacinda Ardern is made to field questions about whether she might end up taking maternity leave in office

New Zealand’s new Labour leader, Jacinda Ardern, has said it is unacceptable that women face questions in the workplace over their motherhood plans after she was asked on TV about whether she wants to have children.

Ardern, 37, was unaminously elected as leader of the party on Tuesday after Andrew Little stepped down less than two months before the election is due to be held. Little resigned citing three consecutive polls showing support for the opposition party at a disastrous 23-24% – the lowest approval rating in nearly 20 years.

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