New Zealand prime minister gives birth to baby girl

Glen Norman
June 22, 2018

The 37-year-old's daughter was born weighing 7lb 3oz at Auckland City Hospital on Thursday.

It was the first time in the country's history that a prime minister was pregnant while in office.

"Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness", she wrote.

Ardern found out she was pregnant on October 13, just six days before she was propelled into the job when Peters, the leader of the New Zealand First Party, announced he was siding with her Labour Party in post-election negotiations.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford have welcomed a healthy baby girl into the world.


"Welcome to our village wee one", she wrote, next to a picture of her and partner Clarke Gayford.

"[It] sends an important message that caring for children is one of the most important jobs in the world", she said.

'For New Zealand, these events and the way our country has greeted them will be seen as inspirational by all who advocate for gender equality and women's empowerment'.

In 1990, Benazir Bhutto gave birth to a daughter while serving as Pakistan's prime minister.

Former prime minister Helen Clark tweeted it was "a proud day for Jacinda & Clarke & for us all".


A new child will bring real joy to their lives.

'I do not want to create a false impression that all women should be super-human or super-women, ' she said.

"I have no problem with you asking me that question because I have been very open about discussing that dilemma because I think probably lots of women face it", Ardern told The Project.

"And I called him back, and he was kind of exasperated because I had just got off the phone to him, and he was surrounded by his whole film crew. It was a week before (Deputy Prime Minister) Winston Peters made his decision about how to form a coalition government....so it's been a long time to carry that secret".

She will be off work for 6 weeks.


Mr Peters can have a combative relationship with the media and all eyes will be on the style he adopts while acting prime minister; he can certainly play the statesman when it suits him and that would be the expectation as he fills in for Ms Ardern. 125 years ago, it became the first country where women won the right to vote.

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