It has been a little over six months since Jacinda Ardern handed the Prime Ministerial reins to her friend ‘Chippy’, who publicly endorsed the policy retreat she had signalled in December. He dedicated himself to ‘bread-and-butter’ issues and dismissed, or at least delayed, some of the government’s least popular policies – including hate-speech laws, the TVNZ-RNZ merger, and the social insurance scheme.
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