Chris Hipkins Takes the Reins: Can He Turn Around New Zealand’s Deteriorating Economy Post-Covid?

Hipkins has been nominated as new zealand’s new prime minister, with an extensive political career that includes the education, covid response and policing portfolios. he has to convince the public that he and his centre-left labour party are fit to lead the country for another term in the upcoming october elections. jacinda ardern’s recent polls have put her personal approval rating at an all-time low.

Events leading up to the nomination of chris hipkins as prime minister happened over the course of the past few years. in february 2022, anti-vaccine protesters occupied the parliament grounds in wellington. prime minister jacinda ardern has been subject to regular misogyny and abuse, and video compilations of the questions she has been asked have been shared on social media. in november of 2020, prime minister jacinda ardern was praised for her quick response when a male reporter suggested that she was meeting finland’s sanna marin because both were young female prime ministers.

Hipkins had previously admitted that lockdowns should have been eased earlier, and he praised the prime minister for her “calm, stable, reassuring leadership”. jacinda ardern rejected any suggestion that her decision to resign was based on experiences of misogyny. the challenge for chris hipkins and the labour party is to convince new zealanders that they have what it takes to turn the economy and public opinion around. chris hipkins has a wealth of experience to draw on, and jacinda ardern has become an international figurehead and an inspiration to young women around the world.

By Evey Lovelace

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