Hipkins’ biggest challenge: relevance

Hipkins’ biggest challenge: relevance
Chris Hipkins might well be the first in a string of leaders Labour will try. (Image: Getty)
Pattrick Smellie
Jacinda Ardern’s sudden departure and her replacement as prime minister by Chris Hipkins over the weekend has allowed Labour to do what all political parties seek to do: capture the agenda.Since Ardern’s announcement on Thursday, political media have given wall-to-wall attention to who would replace New Zealand’s most internationally feted leader ever.Apart from an ill-judged comment suggesting the extraordinary level of nastiness directed at Ardern was no more than business as usual for a political leader, National’s Ch...

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