New premier is sworn in by governor-general during a ceremony in capital Wellington after Jacinda Ardern's abrupt departure from the role last week.
Chris Hipkins' confirmation as new prime minister by 64 lawmakers, known as Labour caucus, comes after surprise resignation by Jacinda Ardern.
Hipkins, 44, must still get an endorsement on Sunday from his Labour Party colleagues in Parliament but that is just a formality now.
Commentators point to several Jacinda Ardern ministers as possible candidates for PM role, including Minister of Education and Police Chris Hipkins and Minister of Justice Kiri Allen.
One of the youngest prime ministers in the world, Ardern leaves a legacy of immense positivity in times of crisis.
Ardern announces general election will take place on October 14 and she will not seek reelection.
Russian offensive on Ukraine is a reminder that “peace cannot be taken for granted” and has to “be preserved by the acts of leaders, and protected through the actions of citizens,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
Covid-19 has infected more than 243M people and killed over 4.9M globally. Here are the virus-related developments for October 22.
Authorities identified the last week's knife attacker as Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen, a Sri Lankan national, who arrived in New Zealand 10 years ago at the age of 22 on a student visa.
Police say they killed a man after he entered a supermarket and stabbed six shoppers. PM Jacinda Ardern says the Sri Lankan national was inspired by Daesh.
Leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation at virtual retreat agree to step up Covid-19 vaccination sharing efforts and take action to lower costly tariffs that complicate the movement of vaccines across borders.
"They Are Us" film about PM Jacinda Ardern's response to 2019 Christchurch terror attacks has been slammed by New Zealand's Muslims and others for pushing a "white saviour" narrative and "sidelining the victims".
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