The Sunday Review
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New Zealand’s Labour party unanimity endorsed Education Minister Chris Hipkins to replace Jacinda, the current Prime Minister Ardern as party leader.

Hipkins was not nominated for the position of leadership, so the endorsement by him on Sunday was almost a formality.

Hipkins spoke at a Wellington press conference following the decision. “Earlier today the Labour party caucus, the Labour team of MPs unanimously endorsed me as their new leader and as the next prime minister of New Zealand.”

“I want to acknowledge the outgoing prime minister, my very good friend Jacinda Ardern. She’s been one of New Zealand’s great prime ministers,” Hipkins also included.

Ardern said she would be stepping down from the country’s top job in a surprise announcement last Thursday, citing exhaustion.

Yet, her formal resignation as prime Minister is not yet complete. New Zealand’s Governor General – a step needed to make the decision official.

At a Thursday news conference, Ardern Her term was due to end February 7. She expected a replacement. Labour prime minister would be sworn in – though “depending on the process that could be earlier.”

Hipkins indicated that he plans to take his vows on Wednesday.

Hipkins, a career politician who was elected to Parliament in 2008. He became well-known as a leader and a prominent figure while serving as parliamentary secretary. New Zealand’s pandemic management as Covid-19 response minister in Ardern’s cabinet. He is the education minister and leader of the house.

Hipkins, speaking to journalists Saturday morning after the nominations had closed, committed to lead the country. “strong, stable and unified” However, it was warned that there would be challenges.

“I acknowledge that at the moment, we’re going through some economic turbulence and we’re going to have to navigate our way through there,” He said.

Hipkins stated to reporters, “He is…” “incredibly optimistic about New Zealand’s future” It is “really looking forward to the job. I am feeling energized and enthusiastic.”