Neve Te Aroha: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern reveals name of baby daughter.
The New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, and her partner Clarke Gayford have announced the name of their newborn daughter: Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford. Neve, derived from the Irish name Niamh, means “bright” or “radiant” and Te Aroha means “love” in te reo Māori. She said she and Gayford had struggled “for months” over the name, but the right one became clear once the baby was born.
“Probably like everyone, we went through that struggle where we kept this shortlist of names and we wanted to wait until the baby arrived to really see which one felt like it worked. But we chose Neve because we just liked it, and when we met her we thought she looked like she suited the name.” Ardern said the name Te Aroha was chosen as a reflection of the support she’d received from New Zealanders during her pregnancy, especially the Māori community.
“I thought how do I reflect the generosity, particularly of all the iwi who gifted us names – and Te Aroha seemed to be away,” she said. “Te Aroha was something we settled on quite early. It was our way of reflecting the amount of love this baby’s been shown before she even arrived. It’s also a tribute to Te Aroha mountain, on New Zealand’s North Island, near Ardern’s hometown of Hamilton.