New Zealand leader names daughter Neve, leaves hospital

Jacinda Ardern
The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford have named their baby daughter Neve and say they want her to grow up in a world in which she can make choices about her family and career based on what she wants.

Ardern made her first public appearance on Sunday since giving birth to a daughter on Thursday.

She answered a few questions from reporters while holding her baby at Auckland City Hospital before she planned on returning home. She will take six weeks of leave before returning to work.

She says the couple struggled for months trying to decide on a name and decided to wait until the baby was born to figure out which one fitted.

She says Neve means bright, radiant and snow.