Chris Hipkins Swears In As New Prime Minister Of New Zealand

After the formal handover of the power, Jacinda Ardern left Parliament as prime minister for the final time this morning, heading to Government House to officially tender her resignation and shift to the back benches Chris Hipkins, 44, has been sworn in as the 41st Prime Minister of New Zealand on Wednesday, reported New Zealand’s public broadcaster RNZ. After the formal handover of the power, Jacinda Ardern left Parliament as prime minister for the final time this morning, heading to Government House to officially tender her resignation and shift to…

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New Zealand PM Ardern To Step Down In February

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday announced that she will step down from the top job no later than February 7, reported DW News. “Jacinda Ardern says she will not be seeking re-election this year and her last day as prime minister is 7 February. The 2023 general election will take place on 14 October,” tweeted RNZ, New Zealand’s public broadcaster. The shocking decision from Ardern comes after five and a half years of tenure leading New Zealand through the coronavirus pandemic. Ardern said she knew what the…

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Zero Covid strategies are being abandoned after the delta variant ‘changed the game’

Police officers wearing protective masks talk to motorists at a checkpoint in the Bombay area of Auckland, New Zealand, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images LONDON — New Zealand has become the latest country to abandon a zero Covid strategy, with the virus proving much harder to stop now the highly infectious delta variant is dominant. After adopting one of the world’s strictest approaches to trying to control the spread of Covid-19, New Zealand announced on Monday that the country would no longer pursue an…

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One Covid case sends all of NZ into lockdown – ET HealthWorld

File photo: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern PM Jacinda Ardern put New Zealand under strict lockdown on Tuesday after the country’s first Covid-19 case in six months was reported in Auckland. Ardern’s “go hard, go early” strategy has helped curb Covid but her announcement left people struggling to stack up essentials, businesses shutting abruptly and schools and offices making last-minute changes to go online. All New Zealand will be in the toughest, level-four lockdown for at least three days from Wednesday. Auckland and Coromandel, a coastal town where the infected…

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New Zealand severs diplomatic ties with Myanmar’s military govt

Wellington [New Zealand], February 11 (ANI): New Zealand has officially suspended all diplomatic ties with Myanmar as it does not recognise the legitimacy of the new military-led government.These ties include aid and funds that were intended for the country, said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a press conference on Tuesday, reported Myanmar Times.Meanwhile, U Maung Maung Lay, the vice president of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry raised concerns that New Zealand could impose economy-related sanctions and potential blocks in the exchange of…

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New Zealand’s COVID-19 vaccine slated for possible approval next week

Wellington [New Zealand], January 26 (ANI/Xinhua): The green light for New Zealand’s first COVID-19 vaccine could be granted in just over a week, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday.“We’re making swift progress towards vaccinating New Zealanders against the virus, but we’re also absolutely committed to ensuring the vaccines are safe and effective,” Ardern told a press conference.Medicines regulator Medsafe will seek advice and recommendations from the Medicines Assessment Advisory Committee (MAAC) next Tuesday, about the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine, Ardern said.“The ministerial expert advisory committee will review Medsafe’s benefit-risk…

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