Ardern in hospital; Peters now Acting Prime Minister

Then Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford in their last public appearance a week ago at Fieldays near Hamilton. Photo by Getty Images.

The Prime Minister's office has announced Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford arrived at Auckland Hospital this morning to have her baby and that Winston Peters is now Acting Prime Minister.

"The Prime Minister’s Office can confirm that Jacinda Ardern has arrived at Auckland hospital, with her partner Clarke Gayford, to have her baby," the office said in an emailed news release.

"Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is now Acting Prime Minister," the office said.

"There will be no further formal announcements from the Prime Minister’s office till Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford announce the birth of their baby."