Chris Hipkins Sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister

Chris Hipkins was sworn in as prime minister by New Zealand’s governor general during a ceremony on January 25, in Wellington, after Jacinda Ardern that she would step down from the top job.

Ardern said that she no longer had “enough in the tank” after steering the country through natural disasters, the Christchurch terror attack and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Prime Minister Carmel Sepuloni – the first person of Pacific Islander descent to hold the role- was also sworn in by Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro in a short ceremony on Wednesday morning.

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