Jacinda Ardern’s fiancé shares adorable photo of their daughter Neve hiking in the bush – but there’s one subtle detail that has viewers talking
- Clarke Gayford posted a picture of daughter Neve out for a hike on Friday
- The three-year-old is his daughter with New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern
- Many people commenting noticed Neve’s ‘girl power’ track pants
- Ms Ardern is a feminist and broke ground as the youngest female head-of-state
Jacinda Ardern’s fiancé has shared an adorable photo of their daughter Neve out hiking near the official New Zealand Prime Minister’s residence.
Taking to Instagram on Friday, Clarke Gayford shared the snap of the three-year-old as the pair went on an adventure to set up some possum traps around Premier House in Wellington.
But one detail in the picture has New Zealanders talking and proves the youngster is a budding feminist following in the footsteps of her mother, who was a pioneer as the world’s youngest female head of state.
Growing up fast: Jacinda Ardern and Clark Gayford’s daughter Neve (pictured) out for a hike with her Dad amid New Zealands lockdown
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford welcomed the birth of Neve in June 2018 (The family pictured in February 2020)
Mr Gayford said Neve was helping him with some yard work at the official Prime Minister’s residence in Wellington on Friday
‘This afternoon’s lockdown activity, setting up a possum trap in the Prem House bush with my super interested little helper,’ Mr Gayford wrote.
The post generated more than 4,500 comments including from Aussie rugby star David Pocock.
But many were focused on one small detail in the photo – namely Neve’s pants emblazoned with the slogan ‘Girl Power’.
‘Loving the girl power pants. Mum’s been shopping,’ one person wrote.
‘Love her trackies,’ another said and added the #girlpower hashtag.
‘Best track pants ever,’ added a third.
Ms Ardern herself has said she wants her daughter to grow up with strong views on gender equality.
‘I hope that she (her daughter) doesn’t have any sense of what girls can do or can’t do. That it’s just not a concept for her,’ Ms Ardern said shortly after Neve was born.
To celebrate his daughter’s third birthday Clarke Gayford took it upon himself to make a homemade cake shaped like a vintage television (pictured) which he projected her favourite films into
In a 2018 speech Ms Ardern said she would put ‘all the things left to achieve gender equality at the top of my list’ as the country celebrated 125 years since becoming the first in the world to give women the vote.
‘I believe within the ordinary stands the extraordinary and it’s thanks to these women that I am here today,’ she said referring to those who pioneered the right to vote movement.
‘Lifting wages, closing the gender pay gap, living free from violence, having the choice to be a carer, to have a career, be a mother – those are uppermost on my to-do list. Our extraordinary women deserve no less.’
Mr Gayford is also a strong supporter of gender equality – taking on the role of stay-at-home dad while his partner leads the nation.
The Labour leader made cakes for Neve’s first and second birthdays; a coconut-coated rabbit in 2019, and a chocolate piano last year
To celebrate her daughter’s second birthday last year, Jacinda Ardern made a piano cake (pictured) from the Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake Book
The radio and television presenter first met Ms Ardern in 2012 after being introduced by their mutual friend and television host Colin Mathura-Jeffree.
They started to spend time together after Clarke contacted Ms Ardern about a controversial Government Communications Security Bureau bill.
And from the looks of her hiking adventure Neve certainly isn’t on track for a life of privilege as the child of a Prime Minister – but was learning to help her father with some manual labour.
In his post on Friday, Mr Gayford also tagged a New Zealand company that makes ethical humane possum traps.
The animals are considered ecologically damaging in large numbers as they compete with and prey on native fauna and strip forest undergrowth.