Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

New Zealand leader reveals baby's name, leaves hospital

New Zealand leader reveals baby's name, leaves hospital

Ardern and Gayford said they kept a shortlist of names before they settled on the two names that they thought best fit the newest member of their family. She thanked hospital staff for her care.

Her second name, Te Aroha, which means "love" in Te Reo Maori, one of the country's national languages, was a nod to the many Maori iwi, or tribes, that had offered names as a gift to Ardern while she was pregnant.

"Also, it means - in various forms - it means bright and radiant, and snow which seemed like a good combination for Matariki (the Maori New Year) and for solstice".

Ardern joked they'd "gone for simplicity" with the name "because Clarke with an "e" has caused all sorts of problems, and Jacinda with a "d".

"We chose Neve because we just liked it", Ms Ardern said. "It was all a bit of a blur for the both of us, but she has obviously been through so much.she looked absolutely just stunned and very, very happy".

"It was pretty special", she added.

Ardern had received messages from as far a field as the Queen of England, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Ardern took office in October 2017 and announced her pregnancy in January 2018.

While facing reporters on Sunday, Ardern said Gayford was just as praiseworthy.

"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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Ardern is taking six weeks parental leave before Gayford - who hosts a fishing documentary series - takes on the role of stay-at-home dad. They will head home later today.

The couple announced the birth of their baby girl Thursday on Instagram, saying they feel "very lucky". Can you remember leaving hospital after giving birth?

But because of the security arrangements required for guarding the Prime Minister Ardern has remained at the hospital.

The little baby girl, who is absolutely divine, as a very special and attractive name.

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

"Not only is she incredible at what she does, this morning she made me macaroni and cheese because she heard me mention a wee craving yesterday", Ardern wrote.

Ardern is one of only a few female leaders to give birth while holding office - the most recent being former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto, who had her daughter in 1990.

It's the couple's first child together, and comes eight months after the 37 year old was sworn in as Prime Minister.

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