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NZ PM Jacinda Ardern spruiks policy from her couch - with babe in arms

New Zealand's PM has taken to Facebook during her maternity leave - with daughter in arms - to spruik a new policy. Source: Facebook/Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand's prime minister has taken a break in her maternity leave to explain a new government policy - from her couch with her sleeping baby in her arms.

She's just a week into maternity leave after the birth of her first child, but New Zealand's prime minister has already dipped her feet back into politics.

From her couch at home while holding her sleeping newborn, Jacinda Ardern took to a live-stream on Sunday to spruik a flagship government policy launching this week.

It's the first public update the 37-year-old has given since leaving hospital after giving birth to daughter Neve on June 21, becoming the first elected world leader to take maternity leave.

"This is my permanent state at the moment - either breastfeeding or this," she said turning the camera to the sleeping baby.

"I promise I'm not too bad, I just don't have any makeup on ... But we're doing great."

The policy, a $5 billion "Families Package" to boost and create a number of benefits - including for those having children - is one of the government's key plans and described by Ms Ardern as the one she's most proud of.

Jacinda Ardern
The PM explains the "the most significant changes to our family welfare system in decasdes."
Facebook/Jacinda Ardern

During the four-and-a-half-minute video, the prime minister outlined the details of the scheme, which kicks in on Sunday, and briefly answered questions from those watching live.

She is expected to return to the capital and full-time work in about five weeks' time and is on call for major decisions in the interim.

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