New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern reveals name of baby daughter

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford

Speaking to reporters as she held her daughter in a blanket and beanie, an overjoyed Ardern thanked the public for their support said "we're not placing any great expectations on this little baby except for happiness and love".

She said Neve meant bright, radiant and snow.

The baby's full name is Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford. "It was all a bit of a blur for the both of us, but she has obviously been through so much.she looked absolutely just stunned and very, very happy".

"Te Aroha. was our way of reflecting the amount of love this baby has been shown before she even arrived", she said.

"Hopefully, these things said in these moments now, I guess for want of a better word - novelty, they are still new - that one day they aren't new anymore", she said.

Although she will become the first elected world leader to take maternity leave - and only the second to have a child while in office - Ms Ardern has played down the significant global attention she's received as a role model.

The Prime Minister's office (PMO) says the trio will depart Auckland Hospital shortly after.

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

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

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!" "We've gone for simplicity because Clarke with an "e" has caused all sorts of problems, and Jacinda with a 'd, '" Ardern said.

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

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

The 37-year-old new mother broke the news of the birth on social media, taking to Instagram to post a photo of herself, her partner, Clarke Gayford, and their newborn daughter.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is filling in for Ardern while she is on parental leave.

Ardern said the family was doing well - but, as is common with new parents the world over, were sleep-deprived.

Little Neve was born on Thursday afternoon New Zealand time, weighing 7.3lb, but the prime minister was kept in hospital for three days mainly due to security arrangements.

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