Baby joy: NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern welcomes a healthy baby girl

Jacinda Ardern's last week of work as PM ahead of taking leave was conducted from Auckland within driving distance

Ms Ardern, 37, became New Zealand's youngest prime minister when she took office through a coalition deal a year ago after an inconclusive election.

Their story was headlined "Jacinda Ardern baby: New Zealand PM gives birth to girl".

Mr Peters said said he was advised this morning that the prime minister had been admitted to hospital.

Ms Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford announced the exciting news regarding the birth of their first child on Instagram on Thursday afternoon.

She says she will take six weeks of maternity leave, during which the Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, will assume her duties.

Now it is breaking new ground with a prime minister giving birth and her partner becoming a stay-at-home father. By coincidence, Ms Ardern's newborn and Ms Bhutto now share a birthday.

The New York Times favoured "delivered" over "gives birth", but the headline was the same message.

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The 37-year-old was admitted to Auckland Hospital on Thursday just after 6 a.m. and she posted on her Instagram page that she gave birth at 4.45 p.m. NZST. "To carry on our legacy of women who can do everything".

"As a mum, my heart is bursting with pride and love for the prime minister and her whānau and wish them the very best for their future".

Less than 24 hours into her new role as Labour leader, Ardern was asked twice about whether she had plans to have children which prompted an global outcry. "We wanted a family but weren't sure it would happen for us, which has made this news unexpected but exciting", she said in a statement at the time.

She plans to take six weeks off work.

She has said she will still participate in major decisions, such as issues of national security, and will keep reading briefings while she is off but will leave the day-to-day running of government to Peters.

News that Ardern was expecting prompted then New Zealand opposition leader Bill English to send his congratulations and hope that she was given "the space to be able to conduct relatively normal family life". One group started a campaign, #KnitForJacinda, to knit baby clothes for hospitals and women's shelters in celebration of Ardern's news.

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