Chris Hipkins will become New Zealand’s next Prime Minister, replacing Jacinda Ardern, who announced her resignation after 5 and a half years in the role. Hipkins, 44, must still receive an endorsement from the Labour Party colleagues in Parliament before he officially takes on the role, according to reports.
Hipkins rose to prominence during the coronavirus pandemic, while Ardern became a global icon of the left, winning admiration from leftists over her extremely draconian response. Her departure from the role, however, was allegedly due to her no longer having enough energy to do the role justice.
Since taking office in 2017, Ardern has been hailed by left-wingers for her progressive policies, including becoming the first world leader to declare a climate emergency, introducing a ban on plastic bags, and launching a campaign against child poverty. She had also reportedly been tipped as a potential Nobel Peace Prize winner for her response to the 2020 Christchurch mosque shootings.
Hipkins’ career in politics began in 2010 when he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Rimutaka. Since then, he has held many roles in the Labour Party, including Education Minister, Minister of State Services, and Minister for Covid-19 Response.
He is expected to continue Ardern’s far-left policies, although it remains to be seen what changes he will bring to the role of Prime Minister. With his endorsement from the Labour Party still pending, it may be some time before New Zealanders get to find out.