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HomeAus & NZPoliticians react to news of Chris Hipkins as PM

Politicians react to news of Chris Hipkins as PM

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Politicians across the divide have released statements of congratulations for Chris Hipkins as he steps into the role of prime minister.

Minister Kiri Allan said on Instagram that over the past 48 hours caucus had the opportunity to think deeply about the attributes New Zealand needs in a new leader to take the country forward.

RNZ understands Kiri Allan is not running to be Chris Hipkins’ deputy.

“I am so proud to support Chris Hipkins as our leader for the New Zealand Labour Party,” she wrote.

“Chris is decisive and will be an incredibly strong Prime Minister. He is extremely competent, with a track record of delivering for New Zealand as one of our most senior ministers over the past six years.

“Our team are a deep pool of talent, unified in our values and approach, who will continue to work hard every single day to make sure the voices of all New Zealanders are heard at the decision making table.

“2023 – we’re ready. Now, let’s go.”

Carmel Sepuloni tweeted a photo of herself and Hipkins from days gone by and said Hipkins had incredible political nous and instinct, was decisive and knew how to navigate government – both inside and out.

“Off the back of the exceptional leadership of Jacinda & Grant, I’m confident that Chris has what it takes to take NZ forward. Now let’s get on with the mahi!”

1/2: So incredibly happy for and proud of my mate Chippy — having worked with you for the last 15 years, as Whips and co-leading our employment, education and training and youth crime work programmes, I know that you will make an exceptional Prime Minister of NZ. ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Zy4F8aLc2X

Grant Robertson posted a photo of Labour MPs

Politicians across the divide have released statements of congratulations for Chris Hipkins as he steps into the role of prime minister. Minister Kiri Allan said on Instagram that over the past 48 hours caucus had the opportunity to think deeply about the attributes New Zealand needs in a new leader to take the country forward. "I am so proud to support Chris Hipkins as our leader for the New Zealand Labour Party," she wrote.

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