On 26 October 2020, Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern was sworn in as the Prime Minister of New Zealand for a second term. She was accompanied by her deputy, Chris Hipkins, who was sworn in as the country’s Deputy Prime Minister. This marks Hipkins’ first time taking on the role, following his election in 2017.
Hipkins is a member of the Labour Party and has been a Member of Parliament since 2008. He has held a number of ministerial roles, including Minister for Education, Minister for Research, Science and Innovation and Minister for State Services.
As Deputy Prime Minister, Hipkins is expected to take on a number of responsibilities, such as overseeing the Government’s policy agenda, chairing Cabinet meetings and representing the Prime Minister in public forums. He is also responsible for the coordination of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hipkins’ appointment as Deputy Prime Minister is seen as a sign of Ardern’s confidence in his ability to lead. With his long experience in government and his strong commitment to public service, Hipkins is expected to prove a valuable asset to the Government.