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Australian, New Zealand leaders' talk focuses on China

Feb. 07, 2023 00:31 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian and New Zealand prime ministers met Tuesday to talk about China’s importance to their national economies, resolving to voice their disagreements with their most important trading partner that is becoming more assertive in their region. New...

New Zealand PM Hipkins' Cabinet to prioritize day-to-day

Jan. 31, 2023 00:17 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prime Minister Chris Hipkins said he's selected a team of lawmakers to lead the country that will focus on the everyday concerns of New Zealanders such as the rising cost of living. Hipkins, who was sworn in to the top job last week after the surprise...

New Zealander killed in Ukraine helped hundreds, parents say

Jan. 25, 2023 15:44 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The parents of a New Zealand scientist who was killed in Ukraine said Wednesday he helped save hundreds of people while volunteering in the dangerous Donbas region. Andrew Bagshaw, 47, a dual New Zealand and British citizen, was killed along with...

Hipkins sworn in as New Zealand PM, pledges focus on economy

Jan. 25, 2023 02:18 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chris Hipkins was sworn in Wednesday as New Zealand's 41st prime minister, following the unexpected resignation last week of Jacinda Ardern. Hipkins, 44, has promised a back-to-basics approach focusing on the economy and what he described as the...

Jacinda Ardern makes final appearance as New Zealand leader

Jan. 23, 2023 22:57 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Jacinda Ardern made her final public appearance as New Zealand's prime minister Tuesday, saying the thing she would miss most was the people, because they had been the “joy of the job.” Ardern, who has been a global icon of the left, shocked the...

Chris Hipkins confirmed as New Zealand leader, picks deputy

Jan. 21, 2023 23:41 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Chris Hipkins was confirmed Sunday as New Zealand's next prime minister and he chose Carmel Sepuloni as his deputy, marking the first time a person with Pacific Island heritage has risen to that rank. Hipkins got the unanimous support of lawmakers...

Chris Hipkins to be New Zealand's next prime minister

Jan. 20, 2023 21:29 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Education Minister Chris Hipkins is set to become New Zealand's next prime minister after he was the only candidate to enter the contest Saturday to replace Jacinda Ardern. Hipkins, 44, must still garner an endorsement Sunday from his Labour Party...

Education Minister Chris Hipkins set to become New Zealand's next prime minister, replacing Jacinda Ardern who resigned

Jan. 20, 2023 15:44 PM EST
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Education Minister Chris Hipkins set to become New Zealand's next prime minister, replacing Jacinda Ardern who resigned.

New Zealand's Ardern has many possibilities for a second act

Jan. 19, 2023 23:41 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When Jacinda Ardern announced this week she was stepping down as New Zealand's prime minister, speculation began almost immediately about what she might do for a second act. When she leaves, she will have accumulated 15 years experience as a lawmaker...

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern, an icon to many, to step down

Jan. 19, 2023 20:17 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who became a global icon of the left and exemplified a new style of leadership, said Thursday that she would leave office. Just 37 when she became leader, Ardern was praised around the world for her handling...