New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford made their first public appearance outside Auckland City Hospital over the weekend to show off their beautiful newborn girl Neve, however, it seems the new bub wasn’t the only one that captured people’s attention.
Rather, people were in awe over the fact that Clarke was already slotting nicely into his role of being a parent by wearing his ‘daggy Dad cardi’.
Earlier, in a Facebook live video, Jacinda herself even called out Clarke for his jacket choice.
“Clarke’s got his dad cardie on, which means we’re ready to go,” she said.
“Finally it’s come of age,” a satisfied Clarke responded before revealing he picked up the gem at a Salvation Army op-shop.
“A real find anyway, just been waiting for this moment,” Jacinda laughed.
The cozy grey woollen number with an open collar and black Aztec prints across the body seemed very fitting in the eyes of the public as who deemed him now ready for his stay-at-home dad duties which will commence after Jacinda’s six weeks of maternity leave.
Having a child made Clarke Gayford unofficially a dad.
Wearing that cardigan yesterday made him officially a dad,
— Sanjay Patel (@spat106) June 24, 2018
That scene in every superhero origin movie where the main character solemnly dons their superhero costume for the first time, except it's Clarke Gayford donning his dad cardie.
— Lena 🌖 (@DeaExLena) June 24, 2018
Clarke Gayford in a dad cardie. That's a great… yarn
— 🤔 Josh G Spark 🥂 (@_OUA_) June 24, 2018
Jacinda has also revealed the reason behind their choice of name saying, “We chose Neve because we just liked it and we think she looks like a little Neve.”
“When we met her, we thought she looked like she suited the name.
“Also it means, in various forms, bright and radiant and snow, which seemed like a good combination for Matariki (Maori new year) and for solstice.”
The couple also added the name “Te Aroha” which was their way of “reflecting the amount of love” Neve had been shown before she arrived and “all of the names we were gifted along the way (by various iwi or Maori people)”.
Te Aroha is also where the 37-year-old prime minister is from.