Friday, 19 October, 2018

New Zealand leader leaves hospital 3 days after giving birth

A HEAVILY pregnant New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Buckingham Palace to attend a dinner for the Commonwealth heads held on April 20 this year Singapore's PM Lee congratulates New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern on daughter's birth
Faye Gross | 24 June, 2018, 19:11

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern leaves hospital with her baby daughter, Niamh Te Aroha Ardern Gayford.

Ms Ardern and Mr Gayford let the nation know the news during a media conference at Auckland Hospital before noon.

The First Couple looked radiant and couldn't wipe the smiles off their faces today as they made their first public appearance with newborn daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford.

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

She told Sky News: "We had been told that it was unlikely that we would be able to have a family without help".

"Also, it means - in various forms - it means bright and radiant, and snow which seemed like a good combination for Matariki (the Maori New Year) and for solstice".

Te Aroha is a rural town in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island, and is also the name of a Maori song about love and peace.

"Te Aroha was our way of reflecting the amount of love this baby has been shown before she arrived and all of the names we were gifted along the way [by various iwi - or tribes]", Ms Ardern said.

Ardern said like many parents she and Gayford had struggled to settle on a name before the birth and had a shortlist prepared.

Ardern is only the second world leader to give birth while in office, after former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto, and said she hoped such experiences would not be unusual in the future.

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"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".

Ms Ardern said that while she is on leave, she would be finding her way as a new parent.

Ardern announced Neve's birth on her official Instagram account Thursday, saying the baby arrived at 4.45 pm local time, weighing 3.31 kilograms (7.3 pounds).

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 went on to thank everyone at Auckland City Hospital for the "kindness, warmth, and care" they had shown the family throughout their stay.

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

Proving that she's not that different from mums everywhere, Ardern had the briefest moment baby brain, accidentally referring to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as the Duke and Duchess of Essex.

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

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