Andrew has spent his whole working life as an advocate for New Zealanders. He grew up in New Plymouth, where he attended New Plymouth Boys’ High, and then moved to Wellington to study law and philosophy at Victoria University.
After he left university, Andrew took a job as an employment lawyer for the Engineers Union. There, it was his job to make sure people were treated with fairness and dignity at work, and that employers lived up to their obligations to treat their workers well.
In 2000, he took over as national secretary and would lead the union for the next ten years. One of Andrew’s highlights of working at the union was working alongside Air New Zealand to save over 300 ground crew jobs that were set to head overseas.
Andrew entered Parliament in 2011. He became a Labour MP to make sure we leave our kids a better country than the one we have today - where every kid gets the kind of opportunities he and his wife, Leigh, wish for their son Cam.
As Leader of the Opposition from 2014-2017, Andrew campaigned tirelessly for every New Zealander to have a warm, dry home with his Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, and worked closely with workers and unions to successfully stop zero hours contracts.
He lives in Island Bay with Leigh, Cam, and their dog Harry.