Glowing Jacinda Ardern reveals unusual baby name as she leaves hospital

BAKHTAWAR Bhutto standing next to the portrait of her parents Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari. Her mother told almost no one she was pregnant while in office as prime minister until Bakhtawar was born on Jan 25 1990

BAKHTAWAR Bhutto standing next to the portrait of her parents Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari. Her mother told almost no one she was pregnant while in office as prime minister until Bakhtawar was born on Jan 25 1990

Earlier this year they said it was likely the baby would take her father's surname.

At the same press conference, the 37-year-old announced the baby would be called Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, or Neve Gayford for short.

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".

Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford spent Thursday night with Ardern at the hospital.

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.

The last leader to give birth while holding office was late Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who had Bakhtawar in 1990.

Little Neve made her debut while her beaming parents, Jacinda Arden and partner Clarke Gayford, greeted the media.

"To me, in these moments, in those messages [from people around the country], we found a reflection of the kindness of New Zealand people".

Ardern appeared before dozens of reporters and a flurry of camera flashes at Auckland City Hospital in her first appearance since giving birth, thanking the public for their support as her three-day-old daughter slept in her arms.

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Gayford tweeted the same photo of the happy couple and their newborn baby on Twitter, saying: "So happy to announce our little girl has finally arrived!"

All the presents for baby Neve would be passed on to another family once they had been used, Ms Ardern said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern carries her newborn baby Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford as she walks out of the Auckland Hospital in New Zealand, June 24, 2018.

"Knowing that so many parents juggle the care of their new babies, we consider ourselves to be very lucky".

Ardern is taking six weeks parental leave before Gayford - who hosts a fishing documentary series - takes on the role of stay-at-home dad. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has taken the reins as New Zealand's acting prime minister.

She has now become the first woman in the country's history to give birth while in office.

Ardern has had little sleep over the past few days, with the baby also described as being "very alert and one hungry baby".

"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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