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New Zealand election 2023: Labour’s Chris Hipkins concedes to centre-right National party | New Zealand

[ad_1] New Zealand Labour leader Chris Hipkins has conceded that his party has lost the election, after a surge in support for the centre-right National party delivered what analysts described as a “bloodbath” for the government. Speaking at an election night event in Wellington, Hipkins – who became Labour leader in January after Jacinda Ardern’s surprise resignation – said he had called the opposition leader Christopher Luxon to congratulate him on the results. “As it stands Labour is not in a position to form another government,” he said. “The result is not one any of us wanted.” New Zealand’s election results on Saturday showed a drastic swing to the right, with a coalition of the centre-right National and libertarian Act parties on the edge of drawing enough support to govern. The only remaining question was whether would be forced to bring a third party – populist New Zealand First – into their governing deal. Taking the stage at National’s election event in Auckland, Luxon said National and Act would form the next government and congratulated …

New Zealand election: Chris Hipkins tests positive to Covid at critical point in campaign | New Zealand election 2023

[ad_1] New Zealand’s prime minister, Chris Hipkins, has tested positive to Covid-19 and will sit out five days of campaigning ahead of the election on 14 October. Hipkins’ campaign team cancelled his Sunday morning plans after the Labour leader woke up unwell in Auckland. A test subsequently showed the prime minister had caught Covid, scotching his plans during a critical phase of the campaign. “He has cold and flu symptoms that began yesterday. He will be isolating for five days or until he returns a negative test,” a spokesperson for the prime minister said. “He will continue with engagements he can undertake via zoom.” In a post on Instagram, Hipkins said he would try to keep up campaign engagements remotely. “Bugger! After a rough night I woke up this morning feeling pretty unwell and just got this test result,” he wrote. “I’m in close contact with New Zealanders on the campaign trail and I don’t want to pass it on to anyone, so I’ll be following the guidance and isolating for a few days or …