But it wasn’t necessarily what she had to say that caught people’s attention, but rather who she had with her.
Ardern, indeed, had her three-month-old baby with her. Partner and full-time caregiver Clarke Gayford was there too, looking after young Neve while Ardern captured the interest of her audience with characteristically sage insight. Neve has since bee dubbed the ‘First Baby’.
“There is no spousal program for this, so we just made a judgment call that we would cover Clarke’s travel for this trip. He will be going to some things, but he’s primarily traveling to care for Neve,” Ardern told the New Zealand Herald.
“We are playing it by ear. There is no set plan, it’s just whether or not she’s getting enough sleep, where I am for feeds. They might be with us a lot, they might just be in the hotel.
“It depends what the jet lag does to them both. She’s a good sleeper and we don’t know whether that will mean she ends up sleeping a lot in the day rather than the night.”
Because everyone on twitter’s been asking to see Neve’s UN id, staff here whipped one up.
I wish I could have captured the startled look on a Japanese delegation inside UN yesterday who walked into a meeting room in the middle of a nappy change.
Great yarn for her 21st. pic.twitter.com/838BI96VYX
— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) September 24, 2018
The 38-year-old Ardern is just the second elected leader to give birth while in office. Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto did so in 1990. Ardern is also New Zealand’s youngest premier and the first to go on maternity leave while in office.
“Prime minister Ardern is showing that no one is better qualified to represent her country than a working mother. Just five percent of the world’s leaders are women, so we need to make them as welcome here as possible,” said United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarri.