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New Zealand leader names daughter Neve World News

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford with their newborn baby girl SUPPLIED Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford with their newborn baby girl
Leonard Rios | 26 June, 2018, 20:40

Then, Gayford will take care of the baby and will travel with Ardern between their Auckland home and the capital, Wellington, as well as on worldwide engagements.

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

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Sunday she had named her new-born daughter Neve Te Aroha as she prepared to leave hospital amidst an outpouring of public excitement.

"We'll be joining the many parents out there who wear two hats", Ardern wrote on Instagram when she announced her pregnancy. Te Aroha was something we settled on quite early.

"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".

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

Ardern on Thursday became just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office. Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto gave birth while she was prime minister in 1990.

"Clarke's been as much of a role model here as I am, and that's something that I think a lot of people talk about too and it's true", Ardern said.

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Arden became New Zealand's first female leader to give birth while in power on Thursday.

In the video, Ardern takes a few minutes to tell the story behind their daughter's name, Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, as well as to thank staff at the hospital.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with her partner Clarke Gayford and their new daughter.

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.

"We chose Neve because we just liked it. Sleep deprived, but super well", she said.

Support also flooded in from around the world, with Britain's Queen Elizabeth, whom Ardern met in London in April, sending an emailed message of congratulations and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeting at Ardern: "Pro tip, Jacinda: Briefing notes make excellent bed time stories".

"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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