Green MP Julie Anne Genter announces second pregnancy

Green MP Julie Anne Genter, who made headlines in 2018 after cycling to hospital to give birth, has announced her second pregnancy. 

In a Facebook post on Monday, Genter, 41, shared the "exciting news" that her whānau is expecting "one more pēpi" towards the end of this year - a sibling for her son Joaquin (pronounced 'wah-keen'). 

The US-born Green MP made headlines across the globe in 2018 when she cycled herself to hospital at 42 weeks pregnant to be induced. It came just a few months after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made global news after giving birth to her daughter Neve. 

"We are super thrilled that Joaquin is going to be a big brother (all going well)" Genter wrote on Facebook, along with an illustration by her "very talented friend" Emma McInnes, co-founder of Women in Urbanism Aotearoa, an advocacy group to make towns and cities inclusive.

The image depicts Genter riding her signature cargo bike - which she is often seen riding to Parliament on - with her soon-to-be new baby, and son Joaquin riding alongside them on his own small bike. 

"Of course, this means we'll need [a] bigger cargo bike and more safe separated lanes and well-designed intersections so the kids can get around safely under their own steam as they grow up!" Genter added. 

Genter, who under the previous Labour-NZ First-Greens administration was Associate Transport Minister, has been an outspoken advocate for road safety and cycling lanes, and doesn't hold back her distaste for spending money on more roads. 

She supported the Liberate The Lane rally in Auckland over the weekend, which saw cyclists break through an enforcement barrier and travel over the Harbour Bridge. The movement is calling for a three-month trial in summer where cyclists could use one lane. 

"It is wrong that this choice to get around using up fewer resources has been denied to people for so long. It's time to right that wrong," Genter wrote on Twitter, with the hashtag #LiberateTheLane. 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told The AM Show on Monday plans for SkyPath, a cycling and walking path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge, was put on hold over technical issues.