PM’s baby named: Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford

Clarke Gayford, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and baby Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford. Photo: RNZ.

Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford made her way down the Auckland Hospital corridor in her mother Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's arms, flanked by her tired but proud-looking father, Clarke Gayford.

"Maybe you've all had a calming effect as she's finally gone to sleep," says Ardern, as she fronted a media scrum as the anxious sound of camera shutters fluttered in the background.

"It's a real pleasure to introduce our little one to you, and to New Zealand."

She and Clarke had struggled for many months to name her, deliberating over a shortlist that included suggestions from iwi from around New Zealand.

"We chose Neve because we liked it and when she arrived she looked like a Neve," says Ardern.

Te Aroha was to encompass all the names suggested by Maori iwi  and also reflected where Ardern had grown up.

See here a recap of the media briefing.

She told media she was "sleep-deprived but doing well" and thanked the midwives, nurses, doctors, security and communications staff at Auckland hospital before addressing the nation.

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

Clarke left most of the talking to Ardern but commended his partner. "She obviously had been through so much and when the moment had arrived she was obviously stunned but also very, very happy," he said of the birth.

Ardern answered questions with a broad smile while rocking Neve back and forth as she slept.

"Hopefully these things, in these moments, for lack of a better word are novelty, but perhaps one day they won't be," she said of giving birth in office as prime minister.

She hoped both the boys and girls of the future would not be restricted by their gender.

The plan was to go home and spend the next six weeks focusing on her family, says Ardern. 

"[We will] learn the little nuances of the way Neve wants to work and just figure it out as we go.

"We are not placing any expectations for this little baby except happiness and love."

Ardern had received messages from as far a field as the Queen of England, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. But those were not the most important messages.

"To everyone who sent anything, even just a comment on Facebook, thank you," says Ardern, before departing back up the corridor from which she had come.

-RNZ


6 Comments

'Baby Wins Election'

Posted on 24-06-2018 18:21 | By Maryfaith

.................. will be the headline at the next election. And isn’t it wonderful it has a Maori name there? Is that a surprise??? God defend NZ.

Gingerpussy and dumbkof2

Posted on 24-06-2018 16:29 | By Colleen Spiro

goodness......the intelligence of you two is mindblowing.

Far out..

Posted on 24-06-2018 16:11 | By Marshal

How about a lot of Joy and Love.. So uplifting to see young people making their way in life.. Yay

LOVE

Posted on 24-06-2018 14:37 | By jeancraven@kinect.co.nz

Thrilled for the Ardern/Gayford family and love the names of her daughter.

baby

Posted on 24-06-2018 14:16 | By gingerpussy

now we know she has had the baby we dont need to be reminded every 5 mins....

gosh

Posted on 24-06-2018 13:24 | By dumbkof2

see the next exciting episode in this baby saga. baby poos its pants

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