Image: @jacindaardern, Instagram.

Jacinda Ardern’s latest battle; Cake Baking

Nuclear codes are nothing compared to Woman's Weekly instructions

Jacinda Ardern shared a highly relatable Instagram post that will be recognised by many parents only too well.

The New Zealand prime minister published a picture of a recipe book for the Women’s Weekly Kids ‘ Party Cakes and admitted that even strong leaders are intimidated by cooking for their kids.

Her acknowledgement of vulnerability spurred a huge reaction, with parents flocking to share their own cake-making nightmares.

Ms Ardern and partner Neve Te Aroha, daughter of Clarke Gayford, was born on 22 June last year. The NZ PM was the world’s first elected leader to take maternity leave and only the second to have a kid while in office after Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto 28 years earlier.

New Zealand’s “first child” came back to history when she appeared at the three-month-old UN General Assembly in New York.

For her crucial and empathetic reaction to the Christchurch shootings, the 38-year-old former DJ again earned worldwide recognition. After the shocking mass murder, wearing a black hijab, she accepted and spoke to the Muslim community — and moved rapidly to tighten the gun legislation of the nation.

It was the same week that Neve reached nine months and began to crawl, and with a poignant post, Mr Gayford marked it.

Image: @jacindaardern, Instagram.


Atom is a Kiwi and gained experience in news reporting, bicultural and cross-cultural reporting, news photography, media law and ethics at the Auckland Univerity of Technology.