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The AM Show host Mark Richardson has sparked a firestorm of controversy by asking new Labour leader Jacinda Ardern whether she was planning on having kids.

"The question is, is it OK for a PM to take maternity leave while in office?" Richardson put to the 37-year-old.

Ardern said it was acceptable to ask her the questions as she had spoken about it in the past - but not other women.

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RadDads, the show where dads talk to dads about dad stuff. PM Bill English has six children, what life lessons has he learnt over the years.

"For other women, it is totally unacceptable in 2017 to say that women should have to answer that question in the workplace. That is unacceptable in 2017. It is the woman's decision about when they choose to have children," she said.

READ MORE: Jacinda Ardern and Mark Richardson clash over questions about her baby plans

She also challenged Richardson to ask male politicians the same thing.

Bill English said there were plenty of parents who had to work long hours - and he was no different.
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Bill English said there were plenty of parents who had to work long hours - and he was no different.

He said he would - but it turns out someone already has, kind of.

As part of Stuff's RadDad series we asked Prime Minister Bill English - father of six - what it was like balancing his demanding work life and his children.

English said he thought about it a lot, but there were plenty of parents who had to work long hours - and he was no different.

"At least in my job I can make some choices, and some people can't. I can say 'no' to things if I need to be home," English said.

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"I've always gone home for tea, never eaten in the Beehive."

He also spoke about the nappy-folding techniques he developed over 15 years of having babies in them.

English's children are mostly grown up now, but last time he ran for the top job in the early 2000s they were not.

When English took over from John Key as Prime Minister last year he mentioned how hard it was having "six kids under 16" when he ran in 2002.

It should be noted however that this was never seen as disqualifying, even as English carved out more time for his family than most other leaders would.

 - Stuff

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