New Zealand reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy describes meeting her country’s prime minister, and why a leader’s pregnancy has had such a profound impact

The last time I interviewed Jacinda Ardern, she was in between breast-feeds, had just launched a plastic bag ban, negotiated an end to a strike by nurses and announced a new mental health hospital for acute patients.

But, as usual, the prime minister of New Zealand was warm, frank and engaging. Partner and stay-at-home dad Clarke Gayford wandered the corridors of her parliamentary office, casual and genial, and a security guard quietly did a crossword in the corner.

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