Thursday 18 October 2018

New Zealand PM’s baby attends UN assembly, gets adorable ID card

Little Neve Te Aroha made history by appearing at the general assembly.

(Victoria Jones/PA and @NZClarke/Twitter)
(Victoria Jones/PA and @NZClarke/Twitter)

By Edd Dracott, Press Association

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has made history by becoming the first female world leader to bring her baby to the United Nations general assembly.

Neve Te Aroha sat on father Clarke Gayford’s lap while her mother spoke at the summit, and even received her own mock ID card.

Gayford is the baby’s full-time caregiver and he shared a photo of the card to Twitter, along with a rather entertaining nappy change story.

“I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside UN yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change,” wrote Gayford. “Great yarn for her 21st.”

The ID card even included the title “first baby”.

On June 21, Ardern, 38, became only the second world leader ever to give birth in office, after Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan in 1990, and is the first to take maternity leave.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said of Neve’s attendance: “Prime Minister Ardern is showing that no one is better qualified to represent her country than a working mother.

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(Richard Drew/AP)

“Just 5% of the world’s leaders are women, so we need to make them as welcome here as possible.”

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