Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

UN debut for New Zealand's 'First Baby': diaper change, peace summit

UN debut for New Zealand's 'First Baby': diaper change, peace summit

She joked that taking a three-month-old on a 17-hour flight was "on-par" with the pressures of running a country. But Ardern seems to be handling it all like the legend she is.

Still, the United Nations was incredibly supportive of the First Baby of New Zealand's presence, with United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric saying the organisation was delighted to see Neve there. "Great yarn for her 21st", he wrote.

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"I already had this appreciation but now, it's another level", she said, adding how her government is focused on family-friendly policies such as raising maternity leave from 22 weeks to 26 weeks by 2020.

Ardern's partner Clarke Gayford - a fishing television presenter - is Neve's primary carer, and has travelled with Ardern to NY to look after the baby.

Her partner Gayford shared a picture earlier on Monday of Neve's United Nations diplomatic photo ID for the annual gathering of world leaders in NY this week, which classified her as "New Zealand first baby".

Ardern is New Zealand's 40th prime minister and the third woman to hold the post.

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"There is no spousal programme for this, so we just made a judgment call that we would cover his travel for this trip".

Ms Ardern was playing down Neve's appearance on the world stage. "He will be going to some things, but he's primarily travelling to care for Neve", Ardern told the New Zealand Herald.

During a talk with NBC Today, Ardern spoke about how she manages the two roles: being a mom and head of state.

When the event moderator remarked that the baby was backstage and very peaceful, Ardern quipped: "Wasn't at 3:30 this morning". I have the ability to take my child to work.

In response, Prime Minister Ardern said: "Regardless of what's going on in the USA generally as an worldwide community, now is the time whether or not we are talking about trade, about issues of conflict, for us to reinforce that working collectively is incredibly important".

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

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