Jacinda Ardern's birth announcement received thousands of likes within minutes, Megan Whelan looks at the social media reaction.
The couple announced the baby's arrival on Instagram. Within 15 minutes, the post had more than 20,000 likes, and 2000 comments.
"Thanks to all involved," tweeted the prime minister's partner Clarke Gayford.
So happy to announce our little girl has finally arrived! Everyone healthy and happy.— Clarke Gayford (@NZClarke) June 21, 2018
Huge thanks to all involved, what a team. pic.twitter.com/zXpVh3vElr
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Naturally, social media was flooded with people wishing the family their best.
First came the well-wishers.
BABIES— Stefanie (@verslibre) June 21, 2018
Wonderful news! Huge congrats to Prime Minister @jacindaardern and @NZClarke on the birth of their baby girl! A warm welcome to the world! Wishing the family health, happiness, and all joy in the world. Tēnā koe i tō tamāhine. Ngā mihi mahana.— Ambassador Brown (@USAmbNZ) June 21, 2018
Babies are pretty much the best, so pls excuse how happy I am right now. (I’d be this happy for anyone whose baby I knew about; I bloody love babies)— Kate (@Knhannah) June 21, 2018
Politicians of all affiliations sent their congratulations too.
We wish to extend our love and congratulations to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford on the birth of their child pic.twitter.com/W6S8vC5b5h— Green Party NZ (@NZGreens) June 21, 2018
Congratulations to @jacindaardern & @NZClarke on the birth of their daughter today. What a proud day for Jacinda & Clarke & for us all. New life, new hope. Parenting arrangements are #genderequality in action. This is 21st C NZ. #ProudKiwi https://t.co/w52w8CJLSJ— Helen Clark (@HelenClarkNZ) June 21, 2018
@jacindaardern I have been so excited all day since the text this morning making me acting Min of Chikd Poverty Reduction. How totally wonderful for you both & she is a very lucky girl. Big hugs!!!— Tracey Martin (@TraceyMartinMP) June 21, 2018
And there's always the funnies.
Six year old: “does that mean the baby is the deputy prime minister now?”— Ali Ikram (@AliIkram) June 21, 2018
According to Clarke Gayford, the baby is THIS long.— Giovanni Tiso (@gtiso) June 21, 2018
Omg! What were you doing when you found out? I was on Twitter.https://t.co/Tfqtmg6taJ— Dovil (@Dovil) June 21, 2018
The first person who said “Prime Miniature” deserves a medal. That’s amazing.— “Page intentionally left blank” (@smrtgirl) June 21, 2018