Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

New Zealand PM hopes for new world for daughter Neve

New Zealand PM hopes for new world for daughter Neve

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has left the hospital after giving birth to a baby girl, revealing that she and her partner Clarke Gayford have named their new daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern-Gayford.

The couple welcomed Neve, their first child, on Thursday, announcing the news on Instagram.

Holding her newborn daughter, whose full name is Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, she said she hoped that one day having a baby while leading a country would not be seen as a novelty.

Ardern is the first world leader in almost 30 years to have a child while in office.

She'd earlier said the quest to come up with a name had been going "terribly". "We're all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital", she said in her post.

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. "We've gone for simplicity because Clarke with an "e" has caused all sorts of problems, and Jacinda with a 'd, '" Ardern said.

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

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Ms Ardern said the couple had struggled for months to decide on a name but had made a decision to wait until their baby was born to see which one suited her. 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, 37, became New Zealand's youngest prime minister when she took office through a coalition deal previous year after an inconclusive election.

Ardern explained Te Aroha was a rural town in the Waikato region of New Zealand where her family is from.

The new baby has also gained attention from across the pond, receiving letters of love from world leaders, including the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who said they looked forward to meeting the new bub this year.

"Over the next six weeks we'll do what every other parent does and learn the little nuances ... and just figure things out as we go".

"Clark's been as much of a role model here as I am and that's been something that I've heard a lot of people talk about, too - and it's true".

"Te Aroha was our way of reflecting the amount of love this baby has been shown even before she even's also the place where all my family are from and I grew up under that mountain".

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