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21 April 2024

New Zealand leader Jacinda Ardern and partner get engaged

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her longtime partner Clarke Gayford have gotten engaged.

A spokesman for Ardern said on Friday 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 noticed Ardern wearing a ring on her middle finger.

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 primary caregiver and a presenter on a TV fishing show.

The 38-year-old Ardern has been praised internationally for her compassionate handling of the March 15 attacks in Christchurch, where a gunman killed 51 worshippers at two mosques.