From RNZ News Checkpoint
David Clark is out and Chris Hipkins is in as New Zealand’s new Health Minister until the election in September.
Hipkins told RNZ Checkpoint he got the job last night.
He had conversations with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern regarding the portfolio over the past week but could not say whether he was the PM’s first choice.
Ardern received Clark’s resignation yesterday. He will not be reappointed next term.
“While Minister Clark made this decision, it is one I agree with,” she said.
Clark formally resigned today as minister after controversies over his handling of the covid-19 response.
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