Saturday, 15 December, 2018

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern gives her baby traditional Irish name

Jacinda Arden and partner Clarke Gayford opted for Neve over Niamh ABIGAIL DOUGHERTY STUFF Jacinda Arden and partner Clarke Gayford opted for Neve over Niamh
Deanna Wagner | 25 June, 2018, 21:57

"This is our first time and we have a lot to learn, and we know every baby is different".

Baby Neve was born in Auckland on Thursday.

She would continue to carry out her ministerial duties from Auckland until she went into labour, as the prime minister did ahead of the birth of her baby last week.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner have named their baby daughter Neve and say they want her to grow up in a world in which she can make choices about her family and career based on what she wants.

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The Prime Minister concluded the appearance outside the maternity ward by thanking the public for their support. Many hope the 37-year-old will become a role model for combining motherhood with political leadership. She is planning to have a home birth.

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"We all toasted the arrival and I think it is a wonderful thing actually in the year that we are celebrating 125 years of suffrage in New Zealand that a sitting prime minister can have a baby and that she and Clarke Gayford are both role-modelling that for people around the world".

New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has taken over as the acting prime minister until Ardern returns to work.

During a brief press conference on Sunday, Ardern said she hoped a woman having a baby and a career would soon no longer be a "novelty".

However, Ms Ardern is certainly forgiven, considering she had given birth just hours earlier and is now inspiring men and women around the world!

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