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Chris Hipkins set to replace Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand PM

New Zealand Labour MP Chris Hipkins is set to replace Jacinda Ardern as prime minister after becoming the only nominee for the party's leadership.
He was first elected to parliament in 2008 and was appointed minister for Covid-19 in November 2020.

In Ms Ardern's shock announcement on Thursday she said she did not have "enough in the tank" to lead.

How long Mr Hipkins will be in office is uncertain as New Zealand holds a general election in October.

Mr Hipkins, 44, is currently minister for police, education and public service.

He will still need to be formally endorsed by the Labour Party in the House of Representatives on Sunday before he can become leader.

Should he receive that backing, Ms Ardern will formally tender her resignation to the governor-general on 7 February, who will then - on behalf of King Charles III - appoint Mr Hipkins as prime minister.

But the incoming Labour leader faces an uphill battle if he wants to remain in the top job after the 2023 election.

Inflation and increasing social inequality saw Ms Ardern's popularity fall to all-time lows according to opinion polls.

They also suggested public approval of the country's Labour Party was similarly low.

Mr Hipkins' appointment removes the immediate possibility of Justice Minister Kiri Allan becoming the country's first Maori prime minister.

During her resignation announcement, Ms Ardern - who at 37 became the youngest female head of government in the world when she took office in 2017 - said the past five-and-a-half years had been the "most fulfilling" of her life.

However, she added that leading the country during "crisis" had been difficult - with the Covid pandemic, Christchurch mosque shootings and White Island volcanic eruption taking place during her premiership.

Reaction to Ms Ardern's announcement was mixed, with some suggesting she was "running away before getting thrown out".

But renowned New Zealand actor Sam Neill said she had faced "disgraceful" treatment from "bullies" and "misogynists".

If Labour loses the general election Mr Hipkins will have only spent eight months as the nation's leader - although the shortest prime ministerial stint was Harry Atkinson's term in 1884, which lasted just eight days.
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Lockdown Lunatic Chris Hipkins to Become New Zealand’s Next Prime Minister

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Education Minister Chris Hipkins is set to become New Zealand’s next prime minister after emerging as the only candidate Saturday to replace Jacinda Ardern.

* Hipkins asserted the government will essentially hunt down unvaccinated

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Hipkins still needs the endorsement from his Labour Party colleagues, but that’s believed to be a formality at this point. He’d have just over eight months in the role until the next general election.

“It’s a big day for a boy from the Hutt,” Hipkins said, referring to the Hutt Valley near Wellington where he grew up. “I’m really humbled and really proud to be taking this on. It is the biggest responsibility and the biggest privilege of my life.”

Hipkins became well-known during the COVID pandemic when he emerged as an authoritarian crisis manager for New Zealand’s government.

Here he is in July 2021 warning that the government will start tracking down individuals who haven’t “come forward” to take the COVID jab.

“I think early next year we’ll be in the phase of chasing out people who haven’t come forward to get their vaccination, or missed their bookings and so on,” Hipkins told reporters.

* MP Chris Hipkins said Wednesday that the New Zealand government next year will soon start pursuing individuals who haven’t “come forward” to get the experimental jab.

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