New Zealand Leader and Her Partner Name Their Daughter Neve

Ardern's midwife came to the rescue with macaroni and cheese after a sleepless first night

Ardern's midwife came to the rescue with macaroni and cheese after a sleepless first night

The PM eventually said it was "pretty special" holding baby Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford for the first time.

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.

"Te Aroha is our way of reflecting the amount of love this baby has been shown even before she arrived.it's also the place where all my family are from and I grew up under that mountain", she said of the Waikato landmark. "And when we met her, we thought she looked like she suited the name".

While Ardern had been hailed as a pacesetter, and inspiration for women who wanted to have families and careers, Gayford had also been congratulated on his choice to take time off from his job to care for his daughter.

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

Prime Minister Ardern is the second world leader to give birth in office, and the first elected leader to take maternity leave. The late Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was the first to do so, when her daughter Bakhtawar was born 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.

"It's a real pleasure to introduce our little one to you all and to New Zealand", Ardern said on Sunday, thanking both hospital staff and members of the public for their "kindness, warmth and care" over the course of her pregnancy.

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The awkwardness of the situation wasn't lost on many online, including Dictionary.com , who said it showed indifference. She visited a one-storey red brick building, which houses 55 children between the ages of 12 and 17.

Ardern on Thursday became just the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office.

He plans to become the primary caregiver for the child when Ardern returns to work following a leave of six weeks.

A radiant Ms Ardern revealed her daughter's name is Neve Te Aroha Ardern-Gayford.

The couple announced the birth of their baby girl Thursday on Instagram, saying they feel "very lucky".

Tweeting her congratulations to Ardern and Gayford earlier in the week, former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark said their parenting arrangements were gender-equality in action.

"To me, in those moments, we just saw a reflection of how open and generous New Zealanders are".

While the day-to-day prime-ministerial duties will be handled by the polarising 73-year-old deputy PM Winston Peters, Ms Ardern will still be on call for any major decisions.

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