New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduces Daughter to the World

Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand Prime Minister, and her partner Clarke Gayford have introduced their daughter to the world.

They posed for photos with their new baby girl Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford on June 24, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Prime Minister Ardern is the second world leader to give birth in office, and the first elected leader to take maternity leave.

Arden will take six weeks of leave with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters assuming the role of Acting Prime Minister.

“It’s just something really lovely in a world where so much is unfair that we’re all very excited about it,” said Frances Gerbic, a music teacher living in Auckland.

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra recorded a version of Brahm’s lullaby “Cradle Song” translated into Te Reo Maori, and Auckland’s tallest building, the Sky Tower, was lit up pink for three nights in honor of the occasion.

Support also flooded in from around the world, with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, whom Ardern met in London in April, sending an emailed message of congratulations and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeting at Ardern: “Pro tip, Jacinda: Briefing notes make excellent bed time stories.”

Ardern will take the next six weeks off, leaving her deputy Winston Peters in charge, and return to work in early August when Gayford will care for the baby fulltime.

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Many in New Zealand and around the world had held up Ardern’s pregnancy — just the second time an elected leader had given birth in office since Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto in 1990 — as a symbol of progress for women.

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