New Zealand's Prime Minister has given her newborn daughter an Irish name

BAKHTAWAR Bhutto standing next to the portrait of her parents Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari. Her mother told almost no one she was pregnant while in office as prime minister until Bakhtawar was born on Jan 25 1990

BAKHTAWAR Bhutto standing next to the portrait of her parents Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari. Her mother told almost no one she was pregnant while in office as prime minister until Bakhtawar was born on Jan 25 1990

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner, Clarke Gayford, have revealed the name of their daughter, born June 21.

The couple welcomed Neve, their first child, on Thursday, announcing the news on Instagram.

The last leader to give birth while holding office was late Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who in 1990 gave birth to Bakhtawar.

Ms Ardern said she and her partner had opted for the alternative spelling Neve rather than the traditional Niamh, to avoid confusion.

Speaking outside Auckland City Hospital, she said: "It's certainly mind-blowing receiving messages from people like the Duke and Duchess of Essex and the Queen".

"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.

Prime Minister Ardern is the second world leader to give birth in office, and the first elected leader to take maternity leave. "We are really happy for her, it's awesome and so special", she said.

Jacinda Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford are all smiles with little Neve.

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Ardern, who said the couple kept a short list of names, added that Neve meant "bright and radiant and snow", while Te Aroha was the name of a rural town some 140 kilometres (90 miles) southeast of Auckland where her family is from.

Earlier this year they said it was likely the baby would take her father's surname.

"I thought, there is a slight chance we will have the babies on the same day but didn't really think about it too much", Deswal said. During her absence, Deputy Prime Minster Winston Peters will cover the day-to-day government operations.

"She is so very grateful for the gift and has chose to share it with all other mothers on the tenth floor of the maternity ward", an office spokesperson says.

"I'll be Prime Minister AND a mum, and Clarke will be "first man of fishing" and stay at home dad".

Ms Ardern, who described herself as doing well but being "sleep-deprived", plans to take six weeks off work before Mr Gayford takes on the bulk of the parenting duties.

"So I hope for little girls and boys that actually there's a future where they can make choices about how they raise their family and what kind of career they have that is just based on what they want and it makes them happy".

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