'That's 4.2 million godparents': New Zealand basks in 'first baby' glow

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Nation marks ‘very fine and wonderful occasion’ with joy, poetry and a hint of pink

New Zealand is basking in a nationwide new baby glow after prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced the birth of her first child on Thursday.

The arrival of the as-yet-unnamed baby girl, dubbed the “first pēpi”, made it onto every major newspaper front page on Friday. The Press in Christchurch went with a pink banner. The New Zealand Herald had a special celebratory wrap-around. The Bay of Plenty Times splashed with “It’s a girl!”.

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