Maggie Barry standing orders

by Toby Manhire / 26 July, 2012
National MP's suggestion that rival unqualified to comment because she doesn't have children gives, um, birth to hashtag on Twitter.


The Parental Leave and Employment Protection (Six Months Paid Leave) Amendment Bill passed its first reading by the narrowest of margins - 61 votes to 60 - last night.

Among a number of impassioned exchanges across the house over Sue Moroney's bill, former broadcaster Maggie Barry turned National MP shoved her pitchfork deepest in the soil.

During the debate in parliament, the flame-haired member for North Shore questioned Labour list MP Jacinda Ardern's qualifications for commenting on the bill, given that she has no children.

You can watch the speech by Ardern - who turns 32 today - here.

Along the way, Barry also called Ardern "petal".

Her remarks triggered a flurry of outrage - mostly from Labour MPs - on Twitter.

And this morning the Twitter response coalesced under the hashtag #maggiebarrystandingorders.

Below, a selection:

MostReadArticlesCollectionWidget - Most Read - Used in articles
AdvertModule - Advert - M-Rec / Halfpage

Latest

Waru: The New Zealand film you need to see
81698 2017-10-19 00:00:00Z Movies

Waru: The New Zealand film you need to see

by India Hendrikse

Eight Māori wahine directors present eight different takes on a confronting issue.

Read more
Mountain – movie review
81727 2017-10-19 00:00:00Z Movies

Mountain – movie review

by Peter Calder

This high-altitude doco is more eye-popping showreel than interesting film.

Read more
Many people think about killing – why do only a few act on it?
81723 2017-10-19 00:00:00Z Psychology

Many people think about killing – why do only a fe…

by Marc Wilson

Many of the mass killings since Trump’s election involve male perpetrators estranged from their families.

Read more
The Rise: Parnell's new eco-friendly food hub
81765 2017-10-19 00:00:00Z Auckland Eats

The Rise: Parnell's new eco-friendly food hub

by Kate Richards

New food hub The Rise houses an all-vegan cafe, a Korean-New Zealand restaurant, and more.

Read more
Sky Path: The long-awaited pedestrian and cycleway represents a new urbanism
81260 2017-10-19 00:00:00Z Urbanism

Sky Path: The long-awaited pedestrian and cycleway…

by Chris Barton

SkyPath promises to be symbolic of what it actually means to inhabit a liveable city - if the project is done right.

Read more
Meet New Zealand's Arts Laureates for 2017
81758 2017-10-18 15:54:29Z Arts

Meet New Zealand's Arts Laureates for 2017

by India Hendrikse

We celebrate New Zealanders doing great things in the arts with the Arts Foundation.

Read more
Kiwi study finds probiotic use in pregnancy might ease depression and anxiety
81720 2017-10-18 13:40:20Z Health

Kiwi study finds probiotic use in pregnancy might …

by RNZ

Taking a probiotic during pregnancy may help prevent postnatal depression and anxiety, a New Zealand study has found.

Read more
At risk Auckland teens tell their stories on stage
81708 2017-10-18 13:05:30Z Social issues

At risk Auckland teens tell their stories on stage…

by Liam Ratana

A mentoring programme pairs rangatahi with inspirational artists who help prepare them for the stage.

Read more