New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern and partner get engaged

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern and partner get engaged

Wellington (Agencies): New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her longtime partner Clarke Gayford have gotten engaged.


Ardern and Gayford have a 10-month-old daughter, Neve. Ardern became just the second elected world leader in modern history to give birth while holding office last June. Gayford is Neve's primary caregiver and a presenter on a TV fishing show.

A spokesman for Ardern said on Friday that the pair got engaged over the Easter break in the town of Mahia, but said any further details would be for Ardern to discuss when she next speaks to media on Monday.

Reporters on Friday noticed Ardern wearing a ring on her middle finger, a variation from the traditional ring finger.

The 38-year-old Ardern was widely praised for the compassion and leadership she showed after a gunman killed 51 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15.