New Zealand leader recovers with mac-n-cheese after birth

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New Zealand's prime minister has introduced the public to her daughter and revealed the newborn's name.

A beaming Ms Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford on Sunday greeted media for the first time since arriving at Auckland Hospital on Thursday, showing Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford to the world.

Ardern is the first world leader in almost 30 years to have a child while in office.

Ardern is admirable because she has reached the pinnacle of leadership, without sacrificing personal joys like marriage and parenthood.

Since the birth the new family have since been inundated with good wishes, gestures and gifts, ranging from a private message from the Queen and congratulatory tweets from world leaders, such as Canada's Justin Trudeau and United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, and a baby blanket from Ngāi Tahu.

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"We wanted to say thank you (to New Zealanders for their support) and we are all doing really well".

Ardern answered questions with a broad smile while rocking Neve back and forth as she slept.

"Te Aroha was our way of reflecting the amount of love this baby has been shown before she arrived and all of the names we were gifted along the way".

"I do not want to create a false impression that all women should be super-human or super-women", she said recently.

Ardern, 37, became New Zealand's youngest prime minister when she took office through a coalition deal past year after an inconclusive election.

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"We chose Neve because we just liked it, and when we met her we thought she looked like she suited the name", the 37-year-old told reporters as she cradled her daughter in her arms.

The baby's full name is Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford.

"She doesn't look like Jacinda as a baby because she's more tiny, more petite", Ardern's mother Laurell Ardern said.

He plans to become the primary caregiver for the child when Ardern returns to work following a leave of six weeks.

"Then when we were checking out of the hospital there were quite a few security guards sort of hovering around and our midwife whispered to us, "I think Jacinda is going to be here", but it wasn't confirmed at the time, no one was saying anything", Arun said.

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"I'll be Prime Minister AND a mum, and Clarke will be "first man of fishing" and stay at home dad". During her absence, Deputy Prime Minster Winston Peters will cover the day-to-day government operations.

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