Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will officially return from maternity leave early on Thursday.
Ardern will take up the reins as prime minister again at midnight, when Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters leaves the country. …
“The Prime Minister will resume her duties from the time my plane takes off on midnight on Wednesday night,” Peters said.
Ardern won’t be back in Wellington until the following week, but with Peters flying out of the country there was really no choice but for her to take up the reins again as Peters departs.
Because otherwise Kelvin Davis would become Acting Prime Minister. Labour have wisely decided that even a few hours of Kelvin as Acting PM is too great a risk so wham we get a midnight handover.