New Zealand's next PM led COVID-19 crackdown

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New Zealand Police Minister Chris Hipkins speaks to media outside Parliament House in Wellington, New Zealand, January 21, 2023. Ben Mckay Australia and New Zealand out/EPA-EFEAUCKLAND, New Zealand — Poised to be New Zealand's next prime minister, Chris Hipkins became a household name leading the nation's closed-border crackdown on COVID-19 and describes himself as a decisive, straight-talking politician. Justice Minister Kiri Allan, one of Labour's senior Maori MPs, who had been considered a potential prime minister herself, said Hipkins was decisive and would be an "incredibly strong" prime minister. Before becoming an MP in 2008, he worked as a senior adviser to two education ministers and former prime minister Helen Clark. Then-deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce was forced to stand down after information released to Hipkins revealed Joyce was a dual citizen of both Australia and New Zealand.
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