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NZ PM Ardern to marry long-time partner

AFP  |  Wellington 

and her long-term partner have become engaged to be married, her office said Friday.

A for and said the couple, who have a baby daughter Neve, agreed to tie the knot over the break.

He could not reveal whether a date for the prime ministerial nuptials had been set or who had proposed to whom.

"I can't say anything about it other than they are engaged and it happened over Easter," the told AFP.

Ardern, 38, had last June, becoming only the second in the world to give birth while in office and later taking the infant onto the floor of the

Since the birth, Gayford, a television fishing show host, has taken on the role of stay-at-home dad.

The engagement comes after a trying time for Ardern, who has been widely praised for her response to the March 15 Christchurch mosque shootings that claimed the lives of 51 Muslim worshippers.

said in an interview last year that she would not propose to Gayford, even though she regards herself as a feminist.

"I want to put him through the pain and torture of having to agonise about that question himself," she told the

of the engagement broke after journalists noticed Ardern was wearing a diamond ring while carrying out her duties on Friday.

However, there have been at least two false alarms in the past when Ardern has been spotted sporting bling on her ring finger.

On both occasions she quashed the speculation, saying she had to constantly swap her rings between fingers on her left hand due to eczema.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 03 2019. 11:30 IST