New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern got engaged over the Easter weekend and it almost went unnoticed, save for a sharp-eyed journalist who reportedly spotted a diamond ring on her middle finger during a public event, and asked her office about it. (Source: The New York Times)
Addressing her first weekly media briefing after news of her engagement with longtime partner Clarke Gayford became public last week, PM Ardern, 38, shared that Gayford popped the question when the pair were at a “beautiful little lookout” on Mokotahi hill on the Mahia peninsula in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. She said that she was “surprised by the question”.
The couple was accompanied by her diplomatic protection security, some locals, and a dog who stole her chocolates. “So, it was very romantic…,” she joked. (Source: Reuters)
Gayford, 41, is the presenter of a television fishing show. The pair have been together for five years and share a 10-month-old daughter, Neve Te Aroha. They met at a restaurant awards ceremony in 2012 where she attended as a lawmaker, and he, as the event’s host.
As to why said ring wasn’t worn on her ring finger? “I have not been trying to hide our news from anyone, but it simply does not fit on the right finger so that’s why it’s sitting in the middle,” she explained.
Prime Minster Ardern made world news and was widely commended for her leadership, compassion and swift actions, in the wake of mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March 2019. She is also the country’s youngest Prime Minister in 150 years, and its youngest female PM.