Clarke Gayford is the longtime boyfriend of Jacinda Ardern –a politician from New Zealand and the current Prime Minister.
Ardern was born in Hamilton in 1980, attending primary and secondary school in Morrinsville and also spending a few years living in Murupara, where her father was a policeman. She was brought up as a Mormon but left the church over its anti-homosexual stance.
After completing a Bachelor of Communication Studies at Waikato University, Ardern worked for Phil Goff and Helen Clark.
At 37, Clarke’s girlfriend has become the country’s youngest woman to be named Prime Minister. Miss Ardern is the head of the Labour Party –which she joined while being a teenager, at 17.
She made her way to the top working in Tony Blair’s cabinet office. She was previously a staffer for former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarke. Jacinda was elected to parliament in 2008.
Jacinda and partner, Clarke Gayford live together and the couple has a cat. Meet below Clarke Gayford.
#1 Clarke Gayford is a well-known figure in their native country.
Though he is not into politics, Gayford is a TV presenter and an avid fisherman. In fact, in his show, ‘Fish of the Day’ Gayford combines his two passions, TV and traveling.
#2 He once offered reporters sausage and fish bites
Clarke told reporters who were camping outside the couple’s home in Auckland –he caught the fish himself off the coast of Tairua.
#3 He attended broadcasting school
Clarke attended NZ Broadcasting School. He began working for Channel 9 –after he pitched the show Cow TV. He’s also worked for C4.
#4 He’s been in the business for years
Previous work includes hosting the United Travel Getaway in 2007; three years later in 2010, he moved on to presenting the third season of Extraordinary Kiwis.
#5 He debuted with “Fish of the Day” in 2016
On the show, Gayford can be seen traveling the Pacific fishing and finding recipes for his catches. The show won Best Lifestyle Show at the 2016 Houston International Film Festival.
#6 He has a daughter
They welcomed a daughter, Neve Te Aroha Ardern Gayford, together in June 2018.
#7 He is into climate change
41-year-old Gayford recently grabbed headlines after he said he supports students protesting across New Zealand calling for action on climate change.
#8 His country suffered the worst mass shooting in recent years
Officials have confirmed that least 49 people were killed and 20 seriously injured in the carefully planned and unprecedented attack that has shocked the nation. The death toll makes the Christchurch mosque shootings as bad as New Zealand’s previous worst mass killing in 1943.
You can check out Clarke Gayford on Twitter here.