New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduces Daughter to the World

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduces Daughter to the World

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduces Daughter to the World

The name also means "snow", which Ms Ardern said seemed like a "good combination" for Matariki, the Maori New Year, and the winter solstice, which was when her daughter born.

Niamh, as it is traditionally spelled, is a name from old Irish mythology, meaning radiance or brightness, but the new parents chose to go with the simpler, modern spelling to avoid a lifetime of people tripping up over it.

They began by announcing the baby would be called Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford - or Neve Gayford for short.

The island nation, with a population of 4.5 million, was in the grips of a baby-induced glow of optimism in recent days with many social media users dubbing the baby the "Prime Miniature" while they waited for her name to be announced.

The name Neve meant "bright" or "radiant", Ardern explained.

"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".

She said she hoped that one day having a baby while leading a country would not be seen as a novelty.

Jacinda Ardern's partner has revealed the moment he saw the New Zealand prime minister hold their newborn baby daughter for the first time.

The last leader to give birth while holding office was late Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.


Ardern gave birth in Auckland Hospital, the country's largest public hospital, with Gayford at her side.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 24: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford pose for a photo with their new baby girl Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford on June 24, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.

She will take six weeks of leave before returning to work.

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.

"But as equally special to us were just those people who took time to send a little note, or a blanket or a set of booties", Ms Ardern said.

"Knowing that so many parents juggle the care of their new babies, we consider ourselves to be very lucky".

"Those moments have mattered as much to us as any of those lovely messages of support from around the world", she said. Ardern, on the other hand, has had a public pregnancy, delegated duties to a deputy, and will take a reasonable six weeks of maternity leave.

"I hope for little girls and boys there's a future where they can make choices about how they raise their family and what kind of career they have based on what they want".

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