Jacinda Ardern praises mum in never-before-seen snap of baby daughter

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern posted a sweet message about her beloved mum. Source: Getty

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has praised her beloved mum in a sweet post on Mother’s Day commending all women for their hard work raising kids.

Taking to Instagram on Sunday morning, the 38-year-old took the time to thank her mother by sharing a gorgeous never-before-seen snap of the woman who raised her with her sweet baby girl.

The beautiful photo showed Ardern’s own mother cradling little Neve who was welcomed into the world last year. The doting grandmother is seen staring down affectionately at the bub who is wrapped up warmly in a cosy blanket.

“Just when you thought you couldn’t be any more grateful for your mum than you already are, you have your own child and your appreciation for your mum keeps growing with every day that passes,” the 38-year-old wrote alongside the photo.

“Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums, mums of mums, mums being mums by themselves, and all those who play mum for those who need one.”

She added: “I feel incredibly grateful to those who help me be a mother, but I’m especially grateful for my own.”

The release of the beautiful photo comes just a week after it was announced the PM is engaged to her long-term partner Clarke Gayford, 41.

The 38-year-old reportedly became engaged over the Easter holiday period, a spokesman for the PM confirmed, according to New Zealand news outlet Stuff.

The media company reports the exciting engagement took place during the couple’s weekend away in Mahia, on the North Island’s east coast. The beachside settlement is close to Gayford’s hometown of Gisborne.

Ardern and Gayford first met in 2012 and last year welcomed daughter Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford to the family. Neve is traditionally spelt as Niamh, and has classic Irish roots meaning “bright and radiant”.

The PM took to Instagram to reveal the happy news less than two hours after the birth and shared a sweet selfie of her and Gayford cradling their new arrival, which she affectionately dubbed “wee one”.

In the post, the leader said she “feels very lucky” and thanked everyone for their best wishes, as she updated her social media accounts from the comfort of her bed at the Auckland City Hospital.

The baby girl weighed in at 3.31kg when she made her way into the world at 4.45pm on June 21.

Shortly after the arrival of the sweet bub, who will turn one next month, Ardern thanked everyone for their support throughout her pregnancy and the birth of little Neve.

“I also wanted to start by, on behalf of Clarke and I, thanking everyone here at Auckland City Hospital for the kindness, the warmth and the care that they have shown since the time that we arrived,” Jacinda said outside the hospital.

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She went on to speak about the streams of messages they have received from members of the public, and the kindness shown to them from everyone including security staff, nurses, and cleaning staff in the hospital.

“To me in those moments and those messages, we just saw a reflection of how open and generous New Zealanders are, and that has been the case all the way through,” she added before joking: “We’re all doing really well. Sleep deprived, but really well!”

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