The NZSO released its performance on Thursday with a message to the prime minister's baby

The couple announced the birth to the public on Instagram at 6.15pm that night.

Emerging from Auckland Hospital with their sleeping baby Sunday morning local time (Saturday evening ET), Ardern and Gayford told waiting media they had named her Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford.

In 1990, Bhutto was the first head of government to give birth while in office.

The New Zealand leader said she was blown away by well-wishes locally and internationally, including from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.

The first family spent three nights at Auckland City Hospital adjusting to parenthood since the baby was born at 4.45pm on Thursday.

Prime Minister Ardern is the second world leader to give birth in office, and the first elected leader to take maternity leave. "We've gone for simplicity because Clarke with an "e" has caused all sorts of problems, and Jacinda with a 'd, '" Ardern said.


Laurell Ardern said she'd had people come up to her saying that her daughter had been an inspiration, including one woman who anxious a job was too hard for her, but then thought 'Well, if Jacinda can do it, I will do it'.

Ms Ardern has assured commentators it'll be business as usual during her six weeks off.

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

"We chose Neve because we just liked it, and when we met her she just looked like she suited the name", she said.

Te Aroha is the name of a mountain in New Zealand. "Clarke's been as much of a role model here as I am", she said.

Mr Gayford, a 40-year-old television presenter, will be the child's primary carer once Ms Ardern returns to parliament.


"I'll be Prime Minister AND a mum, and Clarke will be "first man of fishing" and stay at home dad".

Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said the birth and the way the country had greeted it would be seen as inspirational by advocates for gender equality and women's empowerment.

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

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.

"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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