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What to expect from new Prime Minister Chris Hipkins

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The Labour Party has a new leader, and the country a new Prime Minister. 

Chris Hipkins, best known for serving as the Covid-19 Response Minister, is set to be sworn in as Aotearoa’s 41st Prime Minister, after receiving unanimous support from his colleagues to succeed Jacinda Ardern. 

Hipkins is known as the party’s ‘Mr Fixit’, due to a history of being parachuted in to fix his colleague's ministerial stuff-ups. 
But are those DIY skills enough for the 44-year-old father of two to turn around Labour’s fortunes and secure a third term in government? 

Today, Damien is joined by NZ Herald political editor Claire Trevett to discuss what challenges await our new PM.  

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