Chris Hipkins will succeed Jacinda Ardern as the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

The governing Labour Party’s Parliamentary caucus unanimously supported Hipkins at the weekend, all but confirming him as the next leader of the South Pacific nation.

He will be officially sworn in as Prime Minister today.

Hipkins, 44, was serving as the Minister of Education, Police, and the Public Service, and has been Leader of the House. He also served as the minister for Covid-19 during the pandemic.

He has been an MP since 2008, representing the constituency of Remutaka, in the south of the North Island.

Hipkins and his Labour Party face a tough election later this year, with most polls showing the Labour Party trailing the main opposition, the National Party.

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