U.N. debut for New Zealand's 'First Baby': diaper change, peace summit

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Clarke Gayford with his daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit at the UN.

At just three months, she is said to be the youngest person to ever attend the United Nations General Assembly in NY. "Great yarn for her 21st".

Ardern is New Zealand youngest Prime Minister and the first to take maternity leave while in office.

Some creative last-minute negotiations allowed Adern's family to accompany her to NY this week for the general assembly.

Prime Minister Ardern is also siding against Mr Trump on the issue of Iran after he re-imposed sanctions and accused Iranian President Rouhani of breaching the anti-nuclear deal.

However, Ardern said Gayford's tickets to NY and expenses would be paid for out of her own pocket, because there were few official spousal engagements Gayford would be required to attend, and most of his time would be taken up caring for Neve.

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The UN even mocked up a security pass for New Zealand's First Baby.

Her work-life balance was again questioned last month when breastfeeding baby Neve necessitated an extra flight in order for Ardern to both attend to her newborn's needs and appear at the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru. Ardern is only the second sitting head of government to give birth while in office (after Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto). "He will be going to some things, but he's primarily traveling to care for Neve", she tells the Herald.

Earlier on Monday, Ardern spoke at the launch of the annual "Climate Week" event. "I am not the gold standard for bringing up a child in this current environment because there are things about my circumstances that are not the same", Ardern said.

While Jacinda is representing NZ on the world stage at the United Nations as well as spots on The Today Show, CNN and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Clarke has come along to continue his role as the main caregiver for the everyone's favourite childe in charge (tbh she's definitely calling the shots in the Ardern Gayford household).

"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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