Venkat Raman (Indian Newslink)
Auckland, June 24, 2018
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has just had a media conference at the Auckland Hospital before leaving for home for the first time with her Partner Clarke Gayford and their new-born baby.
Ms Ardern announced to the waiting media that the baby has been named ‘Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford.’
Finding a Name
“We struggled to decide on the name for many months. But we decided to wait for the baby to be born before taking a decision,” she told reporters.
“We chose Neve, because we liked the name and we thought she looked like a Neve. Te Aroha is a name that we had decided earlier,” she added.
Ms Ardern said that holding the baby for the first time was a moment that she cherished immensely.
“It happens very, very quickly,” she said.
Clarke Gayford said, “Actually, I will not forget the look on Jacinda’s face. She looked absolutely stunned and very, very happy.”
Just before leaving, Ms Ardern said, “For everyone who sent anything, even a comment on Facebook, thank you so much. We are so grateful.”
About Neve and Te Aroha
According to a source, ‘Neve,’ a girl’s name, is of Irish and Latin origin, meaning ‘Snow.’
‘Te Aroha’ means “The Loved, the Compassionate,’ It is also a rural town in the Waikato region, near Hamilton, the City where Ms Ardern was born, raised and educated.
Neve was born at 445 pm on Thursday, June 28, 2018, weighing 3.31 kg. Ms Ardern announced the baby’s arrival on Twitter.
Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford speaking outside Auckland Hospital with baby Neve.
Picture Courtesy: Radio New Zealand (Under a Special Arrangement)