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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gives birth to baby girl

Published on: 10:00 pm - Thursday | June 21, 2018


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to a baby girl.

Jacinda Ardern shared a photo of her and partner Clarke Gayford with their daughter on Instagram on Thursday afternoon.

She captioned the image: “Welcome to our village wee one.”

She said the baby arrived at 4:45pm (local time), weighing 3.31kg.

“Thank you so much for your best wishes and your kindness,” Ms Ardern said.

“We’re all doing really well thanks to the wonderful team at Auckland City Hospital.”

Jacinda Ardern arrived at the country’s largest public hospital at 5:50am (local time) with Gayford, her spokesman said.
She continued to work right up until the birth, with Gayford posting on social media on Wednesday afternoon a photo of her poring over official documents from home with the hashtag “#stillwaiting”.

Jacinda Ardern took office as New Zealand’s third female prime minister last year and announced in January she was expecting a baby with Gayford, a television fishing show presenter.

The 37-year-old is just the second world leader to give birth while in office, after Pakistan’s then-prime minister Benazir Bhutto 28 years ago.

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has been made Acting Prime Minister and will run the country for the next six weeks while Ms Ardern takes maternity leave.

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