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New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern gets engaged to long-term partner

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern got engaged to her partner Clarke Gayford at Easter

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is engaged to her partner Clarke Gayford, as per a statement released by her spokesperson.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced she's getting married, less than a year after having a child in office.

The spokesman did not offer any further details, saying any more information would be for Ardern to discuss when she next speaks to the media on Monday.

They had their first child, Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, in June a year ago.

Mr Gayford has been the girl's stay-at-home father.

He could not reveal whether a date for the prime ministerial nuptials had been set or who had proposed to whom. Queen Victoria, Catherine the Great and Cleopatra also became mothers while being leaders of their states.

"I'm happy to confirm that I have eczema on my left hand, which causes me to rotate where I wear my attractive onyx ring".

A spokesman for Jacinda Ardern confirmed that she and now fiancée, Clarke Gayford, got engaged over the Easter break in the town of Mahia.

When Derbyshire pointed out she was a feminist, Ardern replied: "Absolutely I'm a feminist".

However, there have been at least two false alarms in the past when Ardern has been spotted sporting bling on her ring finger.

And the family made global headlines again after Neve travelled to NY with her mother for the United Nations General Assembly in September. To which she had said, "No I would not ask, no".

And she earned further global fame this year after her compassionate response to attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that left 50 people dead.

News of their engagement broke after journalists noticed the Prime Minister wearing a ring on her middle finger at a public event on Friday. "We await that day". "Absolutely not", she said, laughing.

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