New Zealand PM Ardern engaged to partner

New Zealand PM Ardern engaged to partner
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  • calendar-gray 03 May 2019

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is engaged to her longtime partner, fishing-show host Clarke Gayford, after a proposal over the Easter holidays, her spokesman said on Friday, APAreports citing Reuters.

The forthcoming nuptials are a rarity for world leaders in office and follow Ardern’s pregnancy last year which was seen around the globe as a symbol of progress for female leaders.

Her fiancé, Gayford, is a 41-year-old host of a television fishing show who takes care of their 10-month-old daughter Neve Te Aroha, while Ardern runs the country.

News of their engagement broke after journalists noticed Ardern wearing a ring on her middle finger at a public event on Friday. Her spokesman Andrew Campbell confirmed she had been wearing the ring since Easter. He did not give details of the proposal.

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