New Zealand's 'first baby' Neve Te Aroha goes to the UN


With a mock security pass that lists her as the "First Baby" of New Zealand, three-month-old Neve Te Aroha made her United Nations debut yesterday when her mother, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, spoke at a peace summit in the General Assembly.

Jacinda Ardern kisses her baby before speaking at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in NY.

While she spoke, Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford held the three-month-old baby on his lap.

He also joked about giving the Japanese delegation a fright when they walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change.

"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.

While the the prime minister attends UN meetings, Mr Gayford will take the lead in caring for the First Baby, as a UN ID card playfully described the infant.

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"Our focus on family-friendly policies - we'd already implemented for instance 26 weeks paid parental leave in New Zealand - so now I just had that extra strength of feeling behind that being the right thing to do", she said.

Even so, Ardern told The New Zealand Herald, that she doesn't expect taxpayers to foot the bill for Gayford's travel while he cares for Neve.

Three-month-old Neve has won over the general assembly and already made history by joining Clarke and Jacinda in the assembly hall this week in NY, firmly securing herself as the cutest little button to ever sit in that hall. Ardern said she discovered the pregnancy within a week of her election victory past year. "When we met her, we thought she looked like she suited the name".

While Jacinda is representing NZ on the world stage at the United Nations as well as spots on The Today Show, CNN and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Clarke has come along to continue his role as the main caregiver for the everyone's favourite childe in charge (tbh she's definitely calling the shots in the Ardern Gayford household).

"Unless there is a culture that accepts that mothers and children are part of our workplaces, then we won't change anything".

Ms Ardren is only the second female world leader to give birth while in office, which has sparked huge fascination.