Winning start for William
Two minutes late but right on time for a record. William Vake Talakai was the first baby born in New Zealand in 2013.
Mangere couple Sera and Tevita Talakai welcomed their little boy into the world at 12.02am on January 1.
The first-time parents, who are both 27, describe the 22-hour labour as ‘‘scary but amazing’’.
‘‘I think the scary part was not knowing what was going to happen because we hadn’t experienced it before,’’ Mr Talakai says.
William weighed 3.8kg when he was born at National Women’s Hospital in central Auckland.
He had been due on New Year’s Eve but was a little late arriving.
As the clock struck midnight, Mrs Talakai prepared for her final push.
‘‘I didn’t realise it was the New Year but then I looked at the time and told everyone, ‘Happy New Year’.
‘‘Then the last contraction came through at 12.01,’’ Mr Talakai says.
Mrs Talakai says the date was the last thing on her mind.
‘‘The labour seemed like forever – I guess because he was my first.
‘‘It is everything that everybody says – it’s hard and it’s painful but I just forgot all of the pain as soon as he came out.’’
The couple say it’s a New Year they’ll never forget.
Usually they’d mark the date with a party or by attending the church.
Mr Talakai says being present for the birth – which was attended only by the couple and a midwife – was an ‘‘awesome’’ feeling.
‘‘All my mates were out partying and I was waiting for my son to arrive.’’
William is named after his paternal greatgrandfather and was the first of 14 babies to be born at National Women’s Hospital on January 1. In the year to June 2012, 22,820 babies were born in the Auckland region, with around 7500 of those at National Women’s Hospital.
William took the title of 2013’s first baby by just four minutes with another born at Christchurch Women’s Hospital at 12.06am.
That birth was followed just 10 minutes later by the arrival of Tyrell Fraser, who was born at Dunedin Hospital to parents Aroha Condon and Brett Fraser.
Born 11 days later than expected, Tyrell weighed in at a strapping 4.05kg.
And the first baby born in Wellington Hospital this year has been named for the occasion.
Taulogo New Year Taulogo was born at 12.21am to mum and dad Siilima and Tikoa Taulogo.
‘‘It’s special for him to be born on New Year’s Day. He’s big, he’s strong. He’s a good boy,’’ Mrs Taulogo says of her 3.24kg son.