“We’ll be making haste on all of those issues,” Hipkins told a second morning programme the AM Show. “Within the next few weeks you’re going to see quite a lot of clarity around us about reprioritisation.”

Hipkins has a tough road ahead with Labour trailing the opposition in opinion polls and the country expected to fall into recession in the next quarter before a general election on Oct. 14, but he was looking on the bright side.

“I’m really optimistic, I’ve had a huge amount of support. And I think New Zealand are giving me a fair hearing,” Hipkins said on the programme.

Labour has pursued a number of policies that have been unpopular or seen as expensive by many voters, including the proposed merging of state-owned radio and television stations and an overhaul of ownership of the country’s water infrastructure.

Hipkins is expected to be sworn in as prime minister on Wednesday after Ardern officially resigns.