Chris Hipkins and his deputy Carmel Sepuloni were sworn in at the Government House by governor-general Dame Cindy Kiro on Wednesday.
Why it matters
Hipkins has promised to cut back government reforms to focus on the 'global pandemic of inflation' and to focus on the economy. He is the first male prime minister in New Zealand since 2017 and the first to not be elected by the public since 1984.
What the papers say
The Independent and The Guardian
How we got here
Jacinda Ardern announced her shock resignation last week, leading to a formal vote that endorsed Chris Hipkins as her successor. Hipkins has promised to focus on economic issues and cut back on government reforms.
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Christopher John Hipkins is a New Zealand politician and member of the Labour Party. He has served as the Member of Parliament for Remutaka since 2008.
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Carmel Jean Sepuloni is a New Zealand politician and a member of parliament for the Labour Party. She was first elected to Parliament following the 2008 general election as a list member, becoming New Zealand's first MP of Tongan descent.
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