20 Nov 2023

Labour leader breaks convention by calling for ceasefire in Gaza

From Checkpoint, 5:18 pm on 20 November 2023

The outgoing Labour team has been dutifully carrying out their role as caretaker government until National was ready to take over, but that changed yesterday.

Labour leader Chris Hipkins has broken with convention and his role as caretaker prime minister, to go public with a call for a ceasefire in Gaza.

That prompted accusations of playing politics from National, saying it too agreed there should be a ceasefire, but certain conditions from both sides have to first be in place.

Here's our political editor, Jane Patterson.