A beaming Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, have shown off their baby daughter for the first time, while revealing her super-cute name.
The New Zealand Prime Minister introduced the public to her bundle of joy on Sunday morning, three days after giving birth at Auckland Hospital, becoming just the second female PM in history to have a child while in office.
The 37-year-old announced Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, who slept through the entire media conference while wrapped in a white knitted blanket and wearing an army-green knitted bonnet, would be known simply as “Neve Gayford for short”.
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“Like everyone, we went through that struggle for a matter of months where we kept a shortlist of names and we wanted to wait until the baby arrive to really see which one felt like it worked,” Ms Ardern explained.
“We chose Neve, because we just like it!
“It means, in various forms, bright and radiant and snow, which seemed like a good combination for Matariki and the solstice.”
Neve (pronounced Neev) was born on Thursday June 21, which was the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year.
Matariki is the Maori name for the cluster of stars that rises in mid-winter and traditionally heralds the start of a new year.
Ms Ardern went on to explain the sentiment behind Neve’s middle name Te Aroha: Aroha in Maori means love.
“Te Aroha was our way of reflecting the amount of love this baby has been shown before she even arrived.”
“(It) seemed to me to be the way to show that love and generousity, and I grew up under (the Te Aroha) mountain (in Waikato).”
She also thanked all the hospital staff and well wishers from across the world, saying hand-knitted booties and blankets meant just as much to them as a congratulatory message from the Queen.
One of the many special people we have been so grateful for over these past few months, our wonderful midwife Libby. 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. Thank you so much for everything Libby!