Jade Marie Hipkins is a New Zealand national. She will become the first lady of New Zealand from February 7, 2023. Jade Marie Hipkins is best known as the husband of politician Christopher John Hipkins.
Her husband is a Labour Party politician who is set to succeed Jacinda Ardern as the Prime Minister of New Zealand by 7 February 2023. Before, Chris Hipkins served as Minister of Education, Minister of Police, Minister for the Public Service and Leader of the House. He has served as the Member of Parliament for Remutaka since the 2008 election.
Mr. Hipkins became a prominent figure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand, serving as Minister of Health from July to November 2020 and Minister for COVID-19 Response from November 2020 to June 2022.
On 21 January 2023, Hipkins became the sole candidate to succeed Jacinda Ardern as leader of the Labour Party. He is expected to become party leader on 22 January 2023 and the 41st Prime Minister of New Zealand soon after.
Biography of Chris Hipkins
Chris Hipkins was born Christopher John Hipkins in 1978. He was raised in the Hutt Valley. His mother is Rosemary Hipkins, chief researcher for the New Zealand Council for Educational Research. He attended Waterloo Primary School and Hutt Intermediate.
Hipkins was head boy at Hutt Valley Memorial College (later known as Petone College) in 1996. Hipkins went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in politics and criminology at Victoria University of Wellington, where he was student president in 2000 and 2001.
In September 1997, as a first-year student, Hipkins was one of the dozens arrested while protesting the Tertiary Review Green Bill at Parliament. The matter went through the courts, and 10 years later an apology and award of over $200,000 were shared between the 41 protesters. The judge ruled that despite claims by police that the protestors were violent, the protest was peaceful and there were no grounds for arrest.
After graduating, Hipkins held a number of jobs, including working as a policy advisor for the Industry Training Federation, and as a training manager for Todd Energy in Taranaki. Hipkins also worked in Parliament as an advisor to Trevor Mallard and Helen Clark.
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Jacinda Ardern announced her resignation as leader of the Labour Party in a televised statement on 19 January 2023, stating that she no longer had sufficient energy for the demands of the role. She indicated that she will formally step down no later than 7 February 2023.
Chris Hipkins was confirmed as the only nominee shortly after nominations closed at 9:00 a.m. on 21 January. Stuff reported that Kiri Allan, the East Coast MP and Minister of Justice who had been speculated by media as an alternative candidate, was one of the seven MPs who nominated him.
Hipkins had previously demurred when asked about his leadership aspirations, stating that he would support whichever candidate the Labour Party could “reach a consensus” on. In a media standup outside Parliament at 1:00 p.m. on 21 January, Hipkins commented that he discovered that he had emerged as that consensus candidate as “the door to the plane [that he had boarded for a flight to Wellington] was closing,” leaving him unable to respond to his messages for 40 minutes. The formal meeting to confirm Hipkins as a leader is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on 22 January 2023.
Who is Chris Hipkins wife?
Jade Marie Hipkins is the wife of Chris Hipkins. They had their wedding ceremony in 2020 which was held at Premier House, Wellington and politician Grant Robertson was his best man. The couple has two children as of January 2023.
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