PM's baby named: Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern partner Clarke Gayford and their newborn baby girl

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern partner Clarke Gayford and their newborn baby girl

New Zealand's prime minister has introduced the public to her brand-new daughter, revealing her name as Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, or Neve Gayford for short.

Speaking publicly for the first time since her delivery on Friday - which made waves around the world - Ardern said she and her partner Clarke Gayford had settled on the full name of Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford for their first child.

The "Ardern" would serve as another middle name, meaning the baby is known as "Neve Gayford", she added.

Jacinda Ardern holds baby daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford.

When we met her, we thought she looked like she suited the name.

Ardern said Neve means "bright" and "radiant" as well as "snow", which was fitting because the baby was born on the Southern Hemisphere's winter solstice.

Te Aroha was to encompass all the names suggested by Maori iwi and also reflected where Ardern had grown up.

Ms Ardern said the couple had struggled for months to decide on a name but had chose to wait until their baby was born to see which one suited her.

"It was all a bit of a blur for the both of us but she had obviously been through so much and finally the moment had arrived, and she looked absolutely stunned and very, very happy".

She said that having a child would likely make her view the world differently and enhance political views that were already focused on children.

"I think every new parent would probably reflect that", she said.

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

Picture: TVNZThe couple seemed smitten with their newborn daughter.

"From the midwives, to the nurses, even the people we saw less of - the security team who have been with us, the comms team here at the hospital, the people who came and cleaned our room and gave us food".

Ardern became her party's youngest leader and New Zealand's youngest in 150 years after defeating former Prime Minister Bill English in last October's election.

"We wanted to say thank you (to New Zealanders for their support) and we are all doing really well".

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

The new baby has also gained attention from across the pond, receiving letters of love from world leaders, including the Queen and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who said they looked forward to meeting the new bub this year. She led the group for three months before being elected Prime Minister.

She is now on six weeks of maternity leave, with her deputy Winston Peters acting as Prime Minister in her absence.

She said she hoped in time those sorts of choices would be more accepted.

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