Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern's baby premieres among world leaders

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern's baby premieres among world leaders

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made history as she brought her three-month-old daughter to the United Nations General Assembly.

Clarke and Neve showed up to the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, where Jacinda spoke about the legacy of the late leader, who she described as being a "living embodiment of the United Nations' values".

Neve looked on as her mother addressed the assembly while Gayford, whom the couple say is the main caregiver for their daughter, held the baby. Great yarn for her 21st.

The UN even mocked up a security pass for her, which refers to her by her proper title of "New Zealand First Baby".

She said apologised to passengers ahead of their flight to NY as the pair took baby Neve on board.

Ardern, 38, is the first female world leader to attend the United Nations meeting with a newborn by her side. She is expected to deliver a more wide-ranging speech on Thursday.

Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the United Nations was delighted to see baby Neve in the General Assembly hall.


The couple, who first met in 2012, were relatively media shy until Ms Ardern was made leader a year ago.

Ardern, 38, became New Zealand's third female prime minister and the world's youngest female head of state in October 2017.

During a hospital press conference in June, Ardern spoke about how she chose the unique name for her new daughter. "She's a good sleeper and we don't know whether that will mean she ends up sleeping a lot in the day rather than the night".

Ardern's fellow panellists commented on how peaceful Neve was waiting backstage with her father and Ardern joked that she "wasn't at 3:30 this morning".

Ardern tells The Guardian, "I have the ability to take my child to work, there's not many places you can do that". She is also only the second elected world leader to give birth during her tenure, after Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto in 1990.

Ardern has been juggling both the Prime Ministership and motherhood since Neve was born three months ago, which is a pretty extraordinary feat.

"If I can do one thing, and that is change the way we think about these things, then I will pleased we have achieved something", she added.

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