20 March 2023,   17:54
Chris Hipkins sworn in as New Zealand’s 41st prime minister

Chris Hipkins was sworn as New Zealand’s 41st prime minister, following the unexpected resignation last week of Jacinda Ardern.

Hipkins, 44, has promised a back-to-basics approach focusing on the economy and what he described as the “pandemic of inflation”. He will have less than 9 months before contesting a tough general election, with opinion polls indicating his Labour Party is trailing its conservative opposition.

New Zealand Governor-General Cindy Kiro officiated the brief swearing in ceremony in front of friends and colleagues after earlier accepting Ardern’s resignation.

“This is the biggest privilege and responsibility of my life”, - Hipkins said at the ceremony. - “I’m energized and excited by the challenges that lie ahead”.