Published: Sun, June 24, 2018

NZ PM Jacinda Ardern reveals baby daughter's name

NZ PM Jacinda Ardern reveals baby daughter's name

"I won't forget the look on Jacinda's face when she finally held the baby", Gayford said.

"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 - or tribes]", Ms Ardern said.

She added: "I hope for little girls and boys that 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".

The couple had settled on the baby's first name, Neve, after she was born, Ardern said, explaining that it means "bright and radiant" and "snow", which reflected that she was born in the middle of winter during the nation's indigenous Maori new year and the shortest day of the year.

The couple's first child was born on Thursday at 4.45pm, weighing in at 3.31 kgs.

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

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

"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.

Meanwhile, former prime minister, and Ardern's mentor, Helen Clark said the two were "very powerful role models" for young men and women around the world.


"Of course we need to make sure that in all of the things we do, whether it's a pay round or a health policy, we reflect the value of that workforce", she said. They will head home later today.

Ardern said she "feels very lucky" and thanked everyone for their best wishes after the birth, as she updated her social media accounts from the comfort of her hospital bed.

Usually, new mums leave hospital soon after delivering and go to Birthcare in Parnell to recover.

Ardern acknowledged that giving birth while being a Prime Minister was a very rare occurrence globally, and that Gayford acting as stay-at-home father was also uncommon.

Ardern was driven to hospital by Gayford before 6am on Thursday.

Thanking all of those who sent congratulations and gifts for the new baby - many of them hand-knitted - she said: "Those moments have mattered as much to us as any of those lovely messages of support from around the world".

Gayford is a spear fisher and diver with his own television show.

On Friday Ms Ardern became the New Zealand's first female leader to give birth while in power.

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