In the space of a few hours since being announced as the new Labour Party leader, Jacinda Ardern was asked about her current plans regarding her womb at least twice.

The second one was by Mark Richardson on the AM Show this morning. Ardern said she would answer the question about herself but pointed out that, contrary to what Richardson had said minutes earlier, it is most definitely not okay for an employer to ask that to a potential employee in a job interview.

Richardson said: "If you are the employer of a company you need to know that type of thing from the woman you are employing ... the question is, is it okay for a PM to take maternity leave while in office?"

"It is a woman's decision about when they choose to have children, it should not predetermine whether or not they are given a job, or have job opportunities," Ardern told him.


Like the new Labour leader, NZ Twitter users aren't have any of it.

The NZ Human Rights Commission used the social network to remind everyone that it is not okay for employers to ask that question.

Asking that question is a breach of the Human Rights Act.

A number of NZ Twitter users agreed Richardson crossed a line and Ardern's womb is none of anyone's business but hers.

The tweets mirror the results of a non-scientific poll conducted by the NZ Herald this morning, showing that the majority of people (65 per cent of respondents), think it is not okay to ask women about their baby plans in the workplace.