Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

NZ PM Jacinda Ardern reveals baby daughter's name

NZ PM Jacinda Ardern reveals baby daughter's name

Te Aroha - a rural town in the Waikato region of Zew Zealand - was where Ardern's family was from, she explained.

While Ardern had been hailed as a pacesetter, and inspiration for women who wanted to have families and careers, Gayford had also been congratulated on his choice to take time off from his job to care for his daughter.

"Te Aroha. was our way of reflecting the amount of love this baby has been shown before she even arrived", she said.

"We're not placing any great expectations on this little baby, except happiness and love", she said.

On Thursday, Ardern became just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office. It's such a rare event, in fact, that the last time anyone can remember it happening anywhere was in 1990, when Pakistan's then PM Benazir Bhutto popped out a baby.

Little Neve made her debut while her beaming parents, Jacinda Arden and partner Clarke Gayford, greeted the media.

Laurell Ardern said she'd had people come up to her saying that her daughter had been an inspiration, including one woman who anxious a job was too hard for her, but then thought 'Well, if Jacinda can do it, I will do it'.

"It's a real pleasure to introduce our little one to you all and to New Zealand", Ardern said on Sunday, thanking both hospital staff and members of the public for their "kindness, warmth and care" over the course of her pregnancy.

In this photo released by the Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern, left, and midwife Libby, no surname given, pose with Ardern's newborn daughter at the Auckland City Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand Friday, June 22, 2018.

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

Ardern is the first world leader in almost 30 years to have a child while in office. "Clarke's been as much of a role model here as I am", she said.

The name, which has Irish origins, is traditionally spelt Niamh and variously means "bright", "radiant" and "snow", Ms Ardern said.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has stepped in as acting PM and will run the country for the next six weeks while Ardern takes maternity leave, according to an agreement they published earlier.

She told Sky News: "We had been told that it was unlikely that we would be able to have a family without help".

"Welcome to our village wee one", Ardern wrote in the caption.

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