WELLINGTON – Chris Hipkins, who became New Zealand’s new prime minister on Wednesday, has built a reputation for prowess in tackling COVID-19, though he admits some mistakes in handling the pandemic and faces an uphill battle for power. retained at general elections in October.
Known as “Chippy,” the former COVID-19 minister is a close ally of Jacinda Ardern, who shocked the nation last week by announcing she was stepping down.
Hipkins, 44, who succeeded Ardern as Labor leader on Sunday after no other candidates ran out, now faces a tough test if he is to take power. 14 October.
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