Hipkins came in the public eye
Sepuloni congratulated Hipkins and thanked him for putting his trust in him. Popularly known as ‘Chippy’, Hipkins has served under Ardern as education and policing minister. Hipkins came into the public eye during the COVID-19 pandemic for playing a key role in managing the crisis, but it was Ardern who attracted the most attention in government.
She became a topic of discussion at the global level due to her innovative style of leadership. Ardern, who held the top post for nearly five-and-a-half years, surprised her country last Thursday by announcing her resignation as prime minister.