Hipkins sworn in as New Zealand’s new prime minister

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Carmel Sepuloni (L), Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro (C) and Prime Minister Chris Hipkins (R) during a swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Wellington, New Zealand, 25 January 2023.

Sydney, Australia, Jan 25 (EFE).- Chris Hipkins was sworn in as New Zealand’s 41st prime minister on Wednesday, less than a week after Jacinda Ardern unexpectedly announced her resignation. In a ceremony at Government House, Governor General Cindy Kiro appointed Hipkins, 44, as the country’s new leader and minister for national security and intelligence, and … Read more

Jacinda Ardern resigns as New Zealand’s prime minister

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (R) walks with partner Clarke Gayford following the announcement of her resignation at War Memorial Hall, in Napier, New Zealand, 19 January 2023. EFE-EPA FILE/BEN MCKAY

Sydney, Australia, Jan 19 (EFE).- New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday said she will resign from the top job in a shock announcement that also included setting the date for the country’s next general election. “I am leaving because with such a privileged role comes responsibility – the responsibility to know when you … Read more

Microphone catches NZ PM calling opposition leader ‘arrogant prick’

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern makes a statement on North Korea's missile launch during the 2022 APEC meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, 18 November 2022. EPA-EFE FILE/MICK TSIKAS

Sydney, Australia, Dec 13 (EFE).- New Zealand’s prime minister was caught calling an opposition party leader in parliament an “arrogant prick” in a private comment in parliament on Tuesday. Jacinda Ardern had been asked by ACT Party leader David Seymour during question time to give an example of “making a mistake, apologizing for it properly, … Read more