Chris Hipkins Sworn In as New Zealand PM After Labor Victory
New Prime Minister Appointed in New Zealand following Unexpected Resignation of Jacinda Ardern
On January 25, 2023, New Zealand welcomed its new Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins, less than a week after the unexpected resignation of Jacinda Ardern. During the official ceremony at Government House in Wellington, Hipkins was also inaugurated as Minister of National Security and Intelligence alongside his Deputy Prime Minister, Carmel Sepuloni.
“This is the greatest privilege and responsibility of my life” Hipkins said after taking the oath, adding that he is feeling “encouraged by the challenges that lie ahead”. The new Prime Minister has yet to present his plans, but he has assured that he understands the importance of his role as the head of the country.
Hundreds of citizens, who came to bid farewell to Ardern, were also present at the Parliament building where Ardern left for the last time as Prime Minister. During her 5 and a half year term, she faced various difficult moments such as the Covid pandemic, the Christchurch attack and the eruption of the Whakaari volcano, all of which she tackled with her direct and friendly approach. Ardern, who was highly praised both domestically and internationally, has recently faced rising criticism from anti-vaccine groups and an escalating amount of harassment and threats. She, however, revealed that the increasing violence was not the main factor for her resignation.
Hipkins is set to meet with his cabinet for the first time this Wednesday and address the media after.