New Zealand’s first fam­ily of pol­i­tics pre­sented with pre­view of new song by the coun­try’s first fam­ily of rock and roll.

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SHE’S just three days old but Prime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern and part­ner Clarke Gay­ford’s new baby has al­ready be­come Kiwi rock roy­alty.

New Zealand mu­sic leg­end Neil Finn, and his son Liam had recorded the lul­laby Hold Her Close, for their up­com­ing al­bum Light­sleeper but de­cided to re­lease it early, just for the coun­try’s first fam­ily.

And the three have been lis­ten­ing to the spe­cial song in their hospi­tal room.

The song is re­ported to have soft guitars and soul­ful lyrics: ‘‘Leave a gap in the door, to let a lit­tle light in, hold her close to your heart, in the right way. She’ll fall asleep in your arms, baby in the morn­ing.’’

The tune on the duo’s al­bum, is set to be re­leased to the pub­lic in Au­gust.

The Finns thought giv­ing the first fam­ily of New Zealand the first lis­ten to the lul­laby, was a fit­ting trib­ute for the tiny girl who has al­ready stolen the hearts and minds of the na­tion.

Ardern’s chief press sec­re­tary An­drew Camp­bell said the cou­ple were ‘‘thrilled’’ with the priv­i­leged early re­lease of the song. ‘‘She’s very small, and very cute,’’ Camp­bell said.

This is the first time a New Zealand Prime Min­is­ter has given birth while in of­fice, and only the sec­ond time an elected world-leader has given birth while hold­ing of­fice.

Ardern and Gay­ford’s daugh­ter, whose name is yet to be an­nounced, was born at 4:45pm on Thurs­day weigh­ing 3.31kgs. The girl made her de­but on Instagram, wrapped in a cream hat knit­ted by a sup­porter and a blan­ket knit­ted by her grand­mother, and Gay­ford’s mother.

Jacinda’s mother, Lau­rell Ardern, flew up from Nel­son to visit the fam­ily yes­ter­day, and re­ported she’d just met up with a baby with dark hair and dark eyess and a fa­ther who was ‘‘glow­ing’’.

‘‘I think there might be a bit of Clarke ... she doesn’t look like Jacinda as a baby, be­cause she’s more tiny,’’ Lau­rell Ardern said.

‘‘[Jacinda] didn’t look tired at all. She looked good. So I hope she gets some sleep tonight, but the baby was sleep­ing well, and I said to her, ‘shall I go so you can get some sleep?’ and she said she had a lit­tle nap this af­ter­noon.

‘‘But she’s get­ting well looked af­ter here. She can’t thank the nurses and that enough for look­ing af­ter her, so that’s good.

Ardern’s cousin Lynn Swney was also vis­it­ing and re­ported the baby was ‘‘ab­so­lutely adorable’’.

Gay­ford’s sis­ter has vis­ited the cou­ple, while Ardern’s fa­ther, Ross, is ex­pected to spend a long week­end in Auck­land with the new fam­ily next week­end.

The ador­ing fa­ther has not been home since he drove Ardern in in the early hours of Thurs­day morn­ing. He has slept with the rest of his new fam­ily in the level 10 room, in the ma­ter­nity ward at Auck­land City Hospi­tal.

The trio were ex­pected to leave the hospi­tal for their San­dring­ham home at 11am to­day.

The fam­ily have re­ceived well-wishes and gifts from across the world – in­clud­ing a large bou­quet of flow­ers from Saudi Ara­bia and mes­sages of con­grat­u­la­tions from the great and good, in­clud­ing Queen El­iz­a­beth, US pop star Pink, UK Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, and Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau.

Neil Finn and his son Liam have given Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gay­ford – and their new ar­rival – an early taste of their new al­bum.

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