PM's baby named: Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford

Charlene Craig
June 26, 2018

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.

The name is derived from the Irish name Niamh, which means bright, radiant and snow, Arden told reporters at Auckland Hospital.

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

Mr Gayford said the birth was "all a bit of a blur for both of us", but he "won't forget the look on Jacinda's face when she arrived".

Aroha means "love" in Maori, while Mt Te Aroha is a 952-metre mountain in the Kaimai Range, on New Zealand's North Island.

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

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"Hopefully these things, in these moments, for lack of a better word are novelty, but perhaps one day they won't be", she said of giving birth in office as prime minister.

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

In a cute touch, Ms Ardern thanked New Zealanders for their gifts, especially the hand-knitted ones.

Ms Ardern left Auckland City Hospital this morning with partner Clarke Gayford by her side.

She has now become the first woman in the country's history to give birth while in office. "We've gone for simplicity because Clarke with an "e" has caused all sorts of problems, and Jacinda with a 'd, '" Ardern said.

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"It's just something really lovely in a world where so much is unfair that we're all very excited about it", said Frances Gerbic, a music teacher living in Auckland.

"Baby slept a lot more last night ... but the PM admits she didn't sleep much while baby slept which is probably because she is still very excited about everything".

Gayford will be taking time away from his fishing show to be a stay-at-home dad, once Ardern returns to work ion six weeks.

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.

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

"They congratulated the PM and Clarke and said they were looking forward to seeing them in the fall", the spokesperson said.

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