Partner of Jacinda Ardern Expresses Pride in Her Achievements

Clarke Gayford Pays Emotional Tribute to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

To mark the departure six days earlier of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Clarke Gayford, her fiancée and political commentator, published an emotional tribute this Wednesday to his sentimental partner, of whose “superhuman efforts” he said he is “incredibly proud.”

Speaking through an Instagram post, Gayford said he had witnessed “the most incredible outpouring of appreciation and respect” since the Prime Minister’s departure on January 19th, in displays of affection that ranged “from spontaneous tears from strangers in airports” to “overwhelmingly positive messages”.

He went on to praise Ardern’s firm but empathetic style, her lasting legacy being that she had shown it is more successful to govern with “empathy, by planting many quiet trees so that everyone can enjoy the shade for many good years to come.” Gayford concluded the post, signing himself “First Gentleman”.

Throughout the four years of Ardern’s tenure, the couple had become engaged in 2019 and had planned to marry in 2021, but their wedding was postponed in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Comparing her post-prime-minister-ship to a more relaxed commitment to family, Ardern joked that she could now not wait to join daughter Neve to school this year, concluding, “Let’s finally get married” to her fiancé.

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