Chris Hipkins

Christopher John Hipkins (born 5 September 1978) is a New Zealand politician serving as the 41st prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the New Zealand Labour Party since 2023.[2][3] He has been the member of Parliament (MP) for Remutaka since the 2008 election.

Chris Hipkins
Hipkins in 2022
41st Prime Minister of New Zealand
Assumed office
25 January 2023
MonarchCharles III
Governor-GeneralCindy Kiro
DeputyCarmel Sepuloni
Preceded byJacinda Ardern
18th Leader of the Labour Party
Assumed office
22 January 2023
DeputyKelvin Davis
Preceded byJacinda Ardern
Ministerial offices 2017–2023
41st Minister of Police
In office
14 June 2022  25 January 2023
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byPoto Williams
Succeeded byStuart Nash
1st Minister for COVID-19 Response
In office
6 November 2020  14 June 2022
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byAyesha Verrall
41st Minister of Health
In office
2 July 2020  6 November 2020
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byDavid Clark
Succeeded byAndrew Little
47th Minister of Education
In office
26 October 2017  25 January 2023
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byNikki Kaye
Succeeded byJan Tinetti
19th Minister for the Public Service
In office
26 October 2017  25 January 2023
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byPaula Bennett
Succeeded byGrant Robertson
11th Leader of the House
In office
26 October 2017  25 January 2023
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded bySimon Bridges
Succeeded byGrant Robertson
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Remutaka
Rimutaka (2008–2020)
Assumed office
8 November 2008
Preceded byPaul Swain
Majority20,497
Personal details
Born
Christopher John Hipkins

(1978-09-05) 5 September 1978 (age 44)
Hutt Valley, Wellington, New Zealand
Political partyLabour
Spouse
Jade Hipkins
(m. 2020; sep. 2022)
Children2
Residence(s)Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Alma materVictoria University of Wellington (BA)
Signature
WebsiteHipkins' Facebook page
NicknameChippy[1]

Hipkins served in opposition as Labour's education spokesperson. In the Sixth Labour Government, he previously served as minister of education, police, the public service, and leader of the House. He became a prominent figure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand, taking on the roles of minister of health from July to November 2020 and minister for COVID-19 response from November 2020 to June 2022.

On 21 January 2023, Hipkins became the sole candidate to succeed Jacinda Ardern as leader of the Labour Party after she announced her resignation. He became party leader after being elected unopposed on 22 January 2023, and was consequently appointed prime minister by the governor-general on 25 January 2023.[4] He is expected to lead the Labour Party into the 2023 general election.


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