By: Savannah Smith | 09-25-2018 | News
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New Zealand - PM Ardern Makes UN History Showing Up With Baby At General Assembly

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has given a new meaning, if not strong imagery, to the term “working mom” with the visually compelling sight of bringing her newborn baby to the United Nations general assembly meeting.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">3-month old baby Neve Te Aroha is winning hearts at the United Nations.<br><br>Her mom, New Zealand Prime Minister <a href="">@JacindaArdern</a> made history by bringing Neve to the <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#UNGA</a> while she spoke at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) <a href="">September 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Ardern made history as the first female world leader on Monday evening by bringing her infant daughter with her to the UN assembly, even playing with the baby before giving a speech at the Nelson Mandela peace summit.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheCube</a> | New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made history at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday. <a href="">@CindyPom</a> tells us more.<a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; euronews (@euronews) <a href="">September 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Joining Ardern to the UN assembly meeting is her partner, Clarke Gayford who held the three-month-old baby on his lap while Ardern spoke.

The prime minister decided to bring her baby to her six-day trip to New York because she is still breastfeeding.

Ardern also shared that balancing her duties as a new mom and prime minister at the same is a tough act but that her expectations were met. She said, however, that nothing compares to the joy of being a mom to baby Neve, which “had far surpassed my expectations.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">“The joy, though, has far surpassed my expectations.”<br><br>Watch New Zealand Prime Minister <a href="">@jacindaardern</a>’s full interview about parenthood and politics with <a href="">@savannahguthrie</a> and <a href="">@hodakotb</a>. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; TODAY (@TODAYshow) <a href="">September 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Just last week, the rules in New Zealand were tweaked to allow the prime minister or ministers to travel with a nanny on overseas assignments, with the costs for such being covered by the taxpayer.

For their New York trip, Ardern clarified, however, that she will shoulder the tickets and expenses of her TV presenter partner since Gayford will hardly be required to attend official spousal engagements, while he will be mostly tied to taking care of their baby.

Gayford also posted on social media on Monday a photo of Neve’s security pass, which reads “first baby.”

Ardern also gave her first speech in New York on Sunday at Unicef’s social good summit, restating her commitment to ending child poverty and making her country the best place in the world to be a child.

Ardern has always expressed that iw till be norm someday for all women to have the same freedom and option to balance career and parenting.

She also won hearts for bringing her baby to the UN summit.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Keeping up the centuries&#39; old family tradition of trailblazing progressive action &amp; being pioneering &quot;firsts&quot; …all in a day&#39;s work for an Ardern ! 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👍👍👍👍👍👍👍</p>&mdash; Kate Ardern (@KateAlvanley) <a href="">September 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">All in a days work of a working MOM!</p>&mdash; Be True (@Btrue7) <a href="">September 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Hope this alsow warmth up the hearts ♥️ of parliament in making humanfriendly decisions ☀️☀️☀️</p>&mdash; Pascale Martini (@xhalech) <a href="">September 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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