Chris Hipkins will replace Jacinda Ardern as Prime Minister of New Zealand.

  • New Zealand Education Minister Chris Hipkins, who led the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, will replace Jacinda Ardern as the country’s next prime minister.
  • Hipkins emerged as the sole candidate to lead the Labor Party, the party said on 21 January.
  • Hipkins is expected to be confirmed as the new leader at a meeting of the Labor Party’s caucus consisting of 64 lawmakers on 22 January.
  • 44-year-old Chris Hipkins, first elected to parliament for the Labour Party in 2008, became a household name for taking a crisis management role in the government’s response to the pandemic after being appointed minister for COVID-19 in November 2020.
  • He is currently the minister for police, education and public service, as well as the leader of the House.
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