Chris Hipkins has taken on the role of New Zealand's Prime Minister following the sudden resignation of Jacinda Ardern.
The 44-year-old politician was sworn in at a brief ceremony along with his deputy, Carmel Sepuloni, who is of Pacific Islander descent.
After the ceremony, Mr Hipkins said that he and his deputy take their appointment very seriously, calling it the "biggest privilege and opportunity" of his life.
Carmel Sepuloni also made history by becoming the first person of Pacific Islander descent to hold the position.
The move comes at a crucial time for New Zealand as it continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and other pressing issues.
While some sources described Ardern's departure as a "shock," others noted that she had always planned to step down after serving two terms.