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New Zealand's Prime Minister arrives at hospital to give birth

21 June 2018

It's a baby girl for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the buzz is being felt not just locally but all over the world.

Marie Ardern said she was not surprised her niece had given birth to a girl.

The newborn weighing 3.31kg arrived at 4.45pm today. She previously shot down questions about whether a Prime Minister can have a child in office and still continue her duties, telling a press conference she is not "the first woman to multi-task".

Former prime minister Helen Clark said it was a happy day for Ms Ardern and Mr Gayford, claiming that New Zealanders had taken the news of the pregnancy in their stride.

This has all been a new challenge for her staff as they try to balance the inevitable domestic and global media demands, while trying to make the birth as "normal" as possible for Ms Ardern and partner Clarke Gayford.

Ardern, 37, is just the second women to give birth while leading her country, following in the footsteps of late former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto. She did not disclose the gender before the birth.

"The public has generally been supportive of the popular Ardern".

"As a mum, my heart is bursting with pride and love for the prime minister and her whānau and wish them the very best for their future".

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Ardern plans on taking six weeks of maternity leave.

She has said she will still participate in major decisions, such as issues of national security, and will keep reading briefings while she is off but will leave the day-to-day running of government to Peters.

Ardern was due on June 17 and has not publicly revealed the sex of her baby with partner Clarke Gayford.

She became leader of the New Zealand Labour party and of the opposition a mere seven weeks before last September's general election. "I'll be Prime Minister AND a mum, and Clarke will be "first man of fishing" and stay at home dad".

Italy's Licia Ronziulli was snapped with her six-week old child in the European parliament in 2010, and has regularly been accompanied by her little person since then - to the joy of photographers.

Now proudly wearing the tagline as the first child to be born to a sitting prime minister, Bhutto's daughter Bakthawar B-Zardari took to social media to congratulate Ardern on the baby's arrival.

New Zealand's Prime Minister arrives at hospital to give birth