Jacinda Ardern ‘ready to be a sister and a mum’ as new New Zealand PM sworn in

The smiling 42-year-old said being New Zealand's leader had been the 'greatest privilege of my life'.

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January 25th 2023

Jacinda Ardern ‘ready to be a sister and a mum’ as new New Zealand PM sworn in
Chris Hipkins sworn in as New Zealand's new prime minister after Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation last week
Jacinda Ardern said she would miss the people because they had been the ‘joy of the job’ (Picture: Getty Images/Reuters)

New Zealand officially has a new prime minister after Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation last week.

Chris Hipkins has been sworn in as the island nation’s 41st leader after his predecessor said she no longer had ‘enough in the tank’ to fulfil the demanding role.

Huge crowds gathered to see Ms Ardern’s final public appearance as prime minister on Tuesday after she became a global star of the left over the years.

Many asked her for autographs, selfies or hugs at an annual gathering of politicians and Maori elders in Rātana.

The smiling 42-year-old said being New Zealand’s prime minister had been the ‘greatest privilege of my life’.

She added that the thing she would miss most was the people because they had been the ‘joy of the job’.

But she said she was ‘ready to be a backbench MP, a sister and a mum’.

Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern hugs friends and colleagues as she heads to Government House to officially resign to the Governor General of New Zealand, at Parliament in Wellington on January 25, 2022. - Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern announced on January 19, 2023, that she has resigned and her last day will be February 7, 2023. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)
Jacinda Ardern chats to friends and colleagues as she heads to Government House to officially resign to the Governor General of New Zealand (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
Jacinda Ardern is greeted by well-wishing staff and MPs as she heads from Parliament House to Government House, to resign her position as New Zealand Prime Minister, in Wellington, New Zealand January 25, 2023. AAP Image/Ben McKay via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. AUSTRALIA OUT. NEW ZEALAND OUT
A large crowd of staff and MPs gathered to bid her farewell (Picture via Reuters)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 25: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugs Meka Whaitiri and Kieran McAnulty as she leaves Parliament for the last time as Prime Minister at Parliament on January 25, 2023 in Wellington, New Zealand. Chris Hipkins will be sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of New Zealand following the resignation of previous Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
She hugs Meka Whaitiri and Kieran McAnulty as she leaves Parliament for the last time as New Zealand’s leader (Picture: Getty Images)
New Zealand's new Prime Minister Chris Hipkins smiles as he is sworn in by Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro during a ceremony at The Government House in Wellington on January 25, 2023. - Former Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday the 19th of January that she has resigned and her last day will be February 7, 2023. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)
New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Chris Hipkins smiles as he is sworn in by Governor General Dame Cindy Kiro during a ceremony at The Government House in Wellington (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

MPs and staff members gathered to bid her farewell before she submitted her resignation to the governor-general at Government House today.

‘I have experienced such love, compassion, empathy and kindness in the job. That has been my predominant experience’, she told reporters.

‘So I leave feeling gratitude for having this wonderful role for so many years’.

‘I would hate for anyone to view my departure as a negative commentary on New Zealand.’

Mr Hipkins, who served as education and police minister under Ms Ardern, says he is ‘honoured and humbled’ to become New Zealand’s PM.

He rose to prominence during the Covid pandemic, when he took on a crisis management role.

Speaking today, he promised a back-to-basics approach focusing on the economy – with less than nine months to go before he must contest a tough general election.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 25: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern poses at her desk for the last time as Prime Minister at Parliament on January 25, 2023 in Wellington, New Zealand. Chris Hipkins will be sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of New Zealand following the resignation of previous Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Ms Ardern poses at her desk for the last time as Prime Minister (Picture: Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 25: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson pose at her desk for the last time at Parliament on January 25, 2023 in Wellington, New Zealand. Chris Hipkins will be sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of New Zealand following the resignation of previous Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Former Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson joins her for a snap (Picture: Getty Images AsiaPac)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 25: New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins speaks to media during a post-cabinet press conference at Parliament on January 25, 2023 in Wellington, New Zealand. Chris Hipkins was sworn-in today as the new Prime Minister of New Zealand following the resignation of previous Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Mr Hipkins has promised a back-to-basics approach (Picture: Getty Images AsiaPac)

Opinion polls have indicated the Labour Party is trailing its conservative opposition.

Britain’s Prince and Princess of Wales have marked Ms Ardern’s departure by thanking her for her friendship, especially after Queen Elizabeth II died last September.

William and Kate also sent best wishes to her partner, television presenter Clarke Gayford, and four-year-old daughter Neve.

‘Thank you @jacindaardern for your friendship, leadership and support over the years, not least at the time of my grandmother’s death’, they wrote. ‘Sending you, Clarke and Neve our best wishes. W & C.’

Ms Ardern was among the world leaders at the monarch’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19.

Two months before Her Majesty died, William welcomed Ms Ardern to Kensington Palace during her first trip to the UK since the pandemic.

She has previously spoken of a ‘real connection’ with the Royal Family following other visits to her country from William and Kate, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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(Source : https://metro.co.uk)
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