PM's daughter makes global headlines with United Nations appearance

Frederick Owens
September 25, 2018

The New Zealand leader, 38, is only the second elected leader to give birth while in office, after Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto in 1990.

He also joked that, upon arrival in NY on Monday, baby Neve had kept them awake until 3:45 am, noting that babies don't care for time zones changes.

"If Jacinda Ardern can take her child to the UN General Assembly, I'm not going to feel so guilty about taking my toddler to cafes", Caitlin Chang wrote. He also shared a ID card for the infant as many requested him to share a photo of the baby's security pass.

Gayford, a television fishing show host, tweeted: "I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside United Nations yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change". Her partner, Clarke Gayford, a former television presenter turned stay-at-home dad, held Neve on his lap during her speech. "Great yarn for her 21 (birthday)", he tweeted.

During her pregnancy, she faced critics who questioned if she could run a country whilst being a new mom; or, if a prime minister should even qualify for maternity leave given the importance of the political role. "So that was the occasion".

As evidence of her popularity in the USA, the prime minister is set to make the rounds with media outlets in NY, with scheduled appearances in the Today show, the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and an interview with broadcaster CNN.

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"You think of the big challenges we have: terrorism, the spread of deadly diseases, climate change, all of those issues the most powerful of countries are powerless to address on their own".

Jacinda Ardern proved she is the ultimate doing to mum to daughter Neve, making history by bringing the newborn to the United Nations general assembly meeting.

The prime minister is continuing to breastfeed her daughter, meaning Neve had to travel with her to NY for the six-day trip.

Ardern outlined the exceptional circumstances that make it possible for her to raise Neve while continuing as prime minister, which she has frequently stated she hopes will one day be the norm for all women wanting to balance a career and parenting.

And during Ardern's tenure, the economy has kept growing at a steady annual rate of 2.7 percent, despite some surveys indicating a downturn in confidence among businesses and consumers.

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