Chris Hipkins

MP for Rimutaka

Spokesperson for Education (including Tertiary and Early Childhood Education)
Shadow Leader of the House
Senior Whip

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Chris is passionate about education, having worked as a training consultant in the oil and gas industry and coordinated education programme approvals in the health sector in the UK. He has worked as a Senior Advisor to two New Zealand Ministers of Education and the former Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Chris is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys mountain biking, hiking and body surfing. He is a proud resident of Upper Hutt and is committed to ensuring the residents of the Hutt Valley have access to world-class public services and can live in a safe, caring and supportive community.

Career Highlights

  • MP for Rimutaka 2008 - present
  • Opposition Chief Whip 2011-13
  • Senior Advisor to Rt Hon Helen Clark & Hon Trevor Mallard 2003-2008
  • Education Officer, Health Professions Council (UK) 2006-2007
  • Training Consultant 2002-2003
  • Bachelor of Arts, Victoria University of Wellington 2001

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Rimutaka Electorate Offices
Upper Hutt

Address: 216 Main Street, Upper Hutt
Phone: 04 528 5715


Address: 1195 High Street, Taita
Phone: 04 567 0156

Parliamentary Office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 817 6584

Latest from Chris Hipkins

School funding falls by $150 per student

May 04, 2016

Parents are having to fork out even more for their kids’ education after the Government cut school funding per student by $150 in the past year, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“According to the Education Ministry, its total per student funding to schools fell from $7,195 to $7,046 in 2015.

Government must clamp down on dodgy PTEs

May 03, 2016

The Government must ensure all international students coming to New Zealand are legitimate after a survey of those approved in Mumbai found only 9 per cent had genuine intentions and met English language requirements, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“The 2014 survey obtained by Labour under the Official Information Act was conducted after a surge of 81 per cent more approvals was red flagged by authorities. It is absolutely shocking that of the 221 approvals audited, only 9 per cent met the criteria.

Labour Bill to abolish charter school model

April 07, 2016

Charter schools have been a costly experiment that has distracted attention and diverted resources away from the vast majority of Kiwi kids attending public schools, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.


“Today my Members Bill to abolish the charter school model has been drawn from the ballot. I welcome this opportunity to debate the issues.

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