Jacinda Ardern's partner shares PM's emotional first moment with daughter

Pauline Gross
June 24, 2018

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern has unveiled her newborn daughter to the world and revealed her name.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with her partner Clarke Gayford and baby leaving hospital.

Ardern, who said the couple kept a short list of names, added that Neve meant "bright and radiant and snow", while Te Aroha was the name of a rural town some 140 kilometres (90 miles) southeast of Auckland where her family is from.

"Te Aroha was our way of reflecting the amount of love this baby has been shown before she arrived and all of the names we were gifted along the way (by various iwi)", Ms Ardern.

"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.

Neve is Ardern's first child and she weighed in at 3.31kg when she made her way into the world at 4.45pm on Thursday 21 June.

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Ardern reflected on the first time she got to hold her newborn daughter, saying it happened to quickly but was "pretty special".

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

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Tweeting her congratulations to Ardern and Gayford earlier in the week, former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark said their parenting arrangements were gender-equality in action.

Ms Ardern said the couple had struggled for months to decide on a name but had chose to wait until their baby was born to see which one suited her.

Ardern said the family was doing well - but, as is common with new parents the world over, were sleep-deprived.

It is said that the Duke and Duchess of York sent a hand-written message commenting that they look forward to seeing them in the fall when they visit New Zealand. "That is certainly not something you expect", she said.

Ardern said like many parents she and Gayford had struggled to settle on a name before the birth and had a shortlist prepared. She led the group for three months before being elected Prime Minister.

"From the moment we walk in the doors, which was something like 5.30am in the morning on Thursday, to the time to baby arrived, to the time we have been here in this room - the care has been so wonderful".

When Ardern returns to work, Gayford will then step in as fulltime stay-at-home father.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has left hospital after giving birth to a baby girl.

The NZ PM told reporters of her joy, thanking the public for their support.

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