Quickfire Q&A:

Getting to know Chris Hipkins

Incoming Prime Minister Chris Hipkins says he wants to lead a government that's clear and transparent in its communications.

He told Checkpoint that meant New Zealanders knowing what the government was doing, and why.

"I want to lead a strong and stable government, I want to lead a government that's focused clearly on the issues that are most pressing for New Zealand."

The cost of living was right at the top of issues most important to New Zealanders, he said.

"I will be doing a bit of programme rationalisation to make sure we're narrowing down our focus. I think we've heard the feedback from New Zealanders that they think that we're doing a bit too much a bit too fast, I think that's fair and we'll certainly be looking at how we're honing down the issues that are top of the priority list right now."

As for the Cabinet reshuffle, Hipkins said it was in the early stages and had a "wee way to go yet" before being announced next week.

The Labour Party's agreement with the Green Party was unaffected by the leadership change, he said, so James Shaw and Marama Davidson would retain their roles.

Link to interview and article: Quickfire Q&A: Getting to know Chris Hipkins | RNZ News


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