New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern reveals name of baby daughter

26 June, 2018, 18:58 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford with their newborn baby girl

They say everyone is in "good spirits" and that baby is "very cute".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern carries her newborn baby Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford as she walks out of the Auckland Hospital in New Zealand, June 24, 2018.

The last leader to give birth while holding office was late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who in 1990 gave birth to Bakhtawar.

"To me in those moments and those messages, we just saw a reflection of how open and generous New Zealanders are, and that has been the case all the way through", she added before joking: "We're all doing really well".

Speaking outside Auckland City Hospital, she said: "It's certainly mind-blowing receiving messages from people like the Duke and Duchess of Essex and the Queen".

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Cradling their first child, a beaming Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford on Sunday greeted media for the first time since arriving at Auckland Hospital on Thursday.

Ardern answered questions with a broad smile while rocking Neve back and forth as she slept.

A radiant Ms Ardern revealed her daughter's name is Neve Te Aroha Ardern-Gayford. She previously said that she was able to do everything because she had "enormous support around me and it makes me quite privileged", refusing the impression that women had to be super human to do all.

Ardern has received worldwide attention following the birth of Neve Te Aroha on Thursday.

"The baby was looking up at Jacinda and it looked like she was in awe of her and I couldn't get over how alert it was just after being born", she said.

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Ardern, 37, became New Zealand's youngest prime minister when she took office through a coalition deal a year ago after an inconclusive election.

Ardern, who was elected leader of New Zealand's Labour Party in September 2017 before being elected prime minster, plans on taking six weeks of maternity leave.

"We chose Neve because we just liked it, and when we met her we thought she looked like she suited the name".

Te Aroha is also where the 37-year-old prime minister is from. During her absence, Deputy Prime Minster Winston Peters will cover the day-to-day government operations.

"So I hope for little girls and boys that actually there's a future where they can make choices about how they raise their family and what kind of career they have that are based on what they want and what makes them happy", she said.

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