New Zealand Labour leader slams question about baby plans

New Zealand's newly elected opposition leader Jacinda Ardern says it is 'totally unacceptable' to ask women in 2017 if they're planning to have children.

The 37-year-old, who replaced Andrew Little in a surprise move on Tuesday as head of the Labour Party, told TV morning show AM host Mark Richardson he had gone too far inquiring about her baby plans.

The sports presenter had suggested that, 'this is a legitimate question for New Zealand, because she could be the prime minister running this country. She has our best interests at heart, so we need to know these things'.

Ms Ardern, who is dating media personality Clarke Gayford but does not have any children, pointed her finger at Richardson as she flatly rejected his reasoning.

Newly elected NZ Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, 37, says it is 'totally unacceptable' to ask women in 2017 if they're planning to have children

Newly elected NZ Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, 37, says it is 'totally unacceptable' to ask women in 2017 if they're planning to have children

TV morning show AM host Mark Richardson (pictured) asked Ms Ardern about her baby plans

TV morning show AM host Mark Richardson (pictured) asked Ms Ardern about her baby plans

While she said she wasn't offended because she had talked about the issue in public before, she told the morning show host: 'For other women, it is totally unacceptable in 2017 to say that women should have to answer that question in the workplace.'

'It is the woman's decision about when they choose to have children. It should not predetermine whether or not they get the job,' she

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