New Zealand’s new Prime Minister took oath, will be in power for less than 8 months, know why
last week new zealand PM Jacinda Ardern suddenly resigned. After which this responsibility was handed over to Chris Hipkins. He was officially sworn in as the 41st Prime Minister of New Zealand today. Hipkins, 44, has vowed to focus on the economy. After becoming Prime Minister, Hipkins would remain in this position for less than 9 months. General elections are due in the country in October.
Hipkins said this after taking oath
In pre-election polls, the Labor Party is better placed than its main rival, the National Party. Hipkins was sworn in after New Zealand Governor-General Cindy Kiro accepted Ardern’s resignation. “It is the greatest privilege and greatest responsibility of my life,” Hipkins said at the swearing-in ceremony. I am curious and excited about the challenges of the future.
Became health minister in 2020
Carmel Sepuloni sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister. It is the first time in the country that a person from the Pacific Islands has been entrusted with the responsibility of this post. Sepuloni congratulated Hipkins and thanked him for showing faith in him.
Hipkins, better known as Chippy, served as education and police minister under Ardern. First elected to parliament in 2008, Hipkins became a key figure in the government’s response to the pandemic. He was appointed Minister of Health in July 2020, before becoming Minister of Covid Response later in the year.
Commendable performance during Corona
Hipkins came into the public eye during the COVID-19 pandemic by playing a key role in managing the crisis, but it was Ardern who attracted the most attention in government. His innovative style of leadership made him the talk of the town globally. Ardern, who has been in the top post for almost five-and-a-half years, stunned the nation last Thursday by announcing her resignation as prime minister.
Due to Ardern’s ‘go hard, go early’ approach during the COVID pandemic, the island of 5 million became one of the first countries to close its borders. Hipkins, a self-described ‘outdoor enthusiast’, enjoys mountain biking, hiking and swimming. He is a Political and Criminology student at Victoria University. After this he has worked in Industry Training Center.