Win­ning start for Wil­liam

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ANNA LOREN

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.

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