Tuesday 21 May 2019

New Zealand Prime minister Jacinda Ardern engaged to long-time partner Clarke Gayford

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford
Photo: Getty Images
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford Photo: Getty Images
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern walks back to her baby Neve and partner Clarke Gayford, after speaking at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York City REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo
Jacinda Ardern, daughter Neve, and partner Clarke Gayford. AP Photo
Clarke Gayford will be a stay at home father (Nick Perry/AP)
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, and her partner Clarke Gayford arrive in Sydney (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
New Zealand’s PM Jacinda Ardern, right, with her partner Clarke Gayford, announce the pregnancy
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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her long-time partner Clarke Gayford have got engaged.

A spokesman for Ms Ardern confirmed on Friday that the pair got engaged over the Easter break in the town of Mahia but said any further details would be for Ms Ardern to discuss when she next speaks to media on Monday.

Reporters noticed Ms Ardern wearing a ring on her middle finger.

Ms Ardern and Mr Gayford have a 10-month-old daughter, Neve.

Jacinda Ardern, daughter Neve, and partner Clarke Gayford. AP Photo
Jacinda Ardern, daughter Neve, and partner Clarke Gayford. AP Photo

Ms Ardern became just the second elected world leader in modern history to give birth while holding office last June.

Mr Gayford is primary caregiver and a presenter on a TV fishing show.

The 38-year-old Ms Ardern has been praised internationally for her compassionate handling of the March 15 attacks in Christchurch, where a gunman killed 51 worshippers at two mosques.

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