Jacinda Ardern Reveals ‘Romantic’ Engagement To Partner Clarke Gayford
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was surprised when her long-time partner proposed to her over the Easter holidays and has no idea when the wedding will be. She was addressing her first weekly media briefing after news of her engagement with Clarke Gayford became public last week. She was addressing her first weekly media briefing after news of her engagement with her fiancé, a 41-year-old host of a television fishing show who takes care of their 10-month-old daughter Neve Te Aroha, while, Jacinda, 38, runs the country. “I was surprised by the question,” Ardern said about the proposal, adding the couple haven’t made formal wedding plans. The proposal was made when the couple, plus her diplomatic protection security, some locals, and a dog who stole her chocolates, were at a “beautiful little lookout” on Mokotahi hill on the Mahia peninsula in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. She is only the second elected leader to give birth while in office, after Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto in 1990 and, if she marries while in office, will be the first major leader to do so in recent years.