Hipkins with new Deputy Prime Minister Carmel Sepuloni.
Chris Hipkins has been sworn in as New Zealand’s 41st prime minister.
Jacinda Ardern has formally resigned as prime minister, and is set to leave Parliament as the MP for Mount Albert in April.
Hipkins was sworn in as prime minister at Government House by Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro on Wednesday, with Carmel Sepuloni sworn in as the new deputy prime minister, and New Zealand’s first Pacific person and third female deputy PM.
“It feels pretty real now,” Hipkins said after the ceremony.
The room was full of friends, family, staff and journalists. The room fell into silence when Hipkins, Sepuloni and Dame Cindy walked in together.
Hipkins confirmed to Dame Cindy he had the support to lead a government. Dame Cindy then signed the warrant appointing Hipkins as prime minister.
“That gives effect to your appointment as prime minister. Congratulations Prime Minister Hipkins,” she said.