Prince William and Kate’s tribute to Jacinda Ardern as New Zealand swears in a new prime minister


They wrote: “For your friendship, leadership and support over the years, not least at the time of my grandmother’s death. Sending you, Clarke and Neve our best wishes. W&C.”

Clarke Gayford is Mrs Ardern’s fiancé and Neve is their four-year-old daughter.

Mr Hipkins has less than nine months before contesting a tough general election, with opinion polls showing his Labor Party trailing the Conservative opposition.

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He has promised a “back to basics” approach.

“This is the greatest privilege and responsibility of my life,” Mr. Hipkins said at the ceremony. “I am energized and excited by the challenges ahead.”



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