New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern reveals name of baby daughter

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

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 24: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford pose for a photo with their new baby girl Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford on June 24, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Ms Ardern, 37, is only the second world leader to give birth while in office after former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who delivered a baby girl in 1990.

Laurell Ardern said she'd had people come up to her saying that her daughter had been an inspiration, including one woman who anxious a job was too hard for her, but then thought 'Well, if Jacinda can do it, I will do it'.

Jacinda Ardern is New Zealand's first leader to give birth while in power.Ardern insists it will be business as usual during her six weeks off.

They began by announcing the baby would be called Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford - or Neve Gayford for short.

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

"We chose Neve because we just liked it", she told reporters.

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

Ardern answered questions with a broad smile while rocking Neve back and forth as she slept.

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She will take six weeks of leave before returning to work.

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 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).

Ardern was presented with the booties during her trip to Sydney in March.

She has been described as having fine features, dark eyes, lots of dark hair and looking more like her TV fishing show host dad than her politician mum.

"Not only is she incredible at what she does, this morning she made me macaroni and cheese because she heard me mention a wee craving yesterday", Ardern wrote.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia also sent a bouquet so large it could not fit in the Prime Minister's room in the maternity ward of Auckland City Hospital.

"It's a real pleasure to introduce our little one to you all and to New Zealand", Ardern said on Sunday, thanking both hospital staff and members of the public for their "kindness, warmth and care" over the course of her pregnancy.

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