New Zealand public have to wait a bit longer to meet Jacinda Ardern's 'very alert and one hungry baby'




New Zealanders have celebrated the arrival of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's daughter, but the public will have to wait a bit longer to meet the First Baby.

Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a healthy baby girl on Thursday, the first for her and partner Clarke Gayford.

Congratulations have continued to come in from world leaders since, with the prime minister's office today confirming the Queen had sent a personal letter to the couple.

Ms Ardern met Her Majesty for the first time in April.

Meanwhile, dozens of reporters waited for the good news after Ms Ardern was taken to Auckland Hospital for the birth and have been hoping to catch a glimpse of the new family.

The Prime Minister will stay in Auckland Hospital today after the new-born came into the world on June 21.
Source: 1 NEWS

The trio are expected to briefly address media on their way home before settling in for a stint away from the limelight - but Ms Ardern's office has now confirmed that won't be happening on Friday.

While everyone was well, "if not a bit tired", they would be spending another night in the ward.

Nurses have described the baby as "very alert and one hungry baby".

1 NEWS reporter Paul Hobbs is at Auckland Hospital where Jacinda Ardern spent the night after giving birth.
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She was one of 24 children born at the hospital - the country's largest public facility - on Thursday.

Ms Ardern has been given no preferential treatment during her stay in the maternity ward - although a security detail has been on hand - and she was driven to the hospital by Mr Gayford.

The Finance Minister says the pair “are going to be the most wonderful parents”.
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Meanwhile, speculation will also likely turn to baby names, with no clues provided in Thursday's announcements.

Asked about which surname would be given, Ms Ardern in January said she expected the baby to be a Gayford.

"I'll probably try sneak in my name somehow," she said at the time.

However, in recent weeks she's said the picking process was going "terribly".

The 37-year-old prime minister has become the first elected world leader to take maternity leave and for the next six weeks will only be consulting on major issues while her deputy, Winston Peters, handles day-to-day matters.

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