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

Cool heads needed on online learning plans

October 01, 2016

The National government is ploughing ahead with a plan to legislate for the introduction of online schools against official advice and despite being presented with research that shows online schooling models overseas have weaker results than their traditional counterparts, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“The National government are rushing to legislate for online schools, or COOLs as they call them, without knowing how they will work, how they will be funded, how they will be quality assured, or whether they will actually deliver any better outcomes than the existing school system.

Charter schools fail to make grade as bonus season nears

August 31, 2016

As charter schools prepare to receive another round of bonuses and the National-Act Government confirms the opening of two new schools, documents quietly released by the Ministry of Education highlight major issues around their performance, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“Information we’ve received shows four of eight charter schools have been explicitly identified as being non-compliant with their contracts in some areas and seven are not meeting aspects of their performance standards.

Students the losers in truancy failure

August 03, 2016

Education Minister Hekia Parata might be trumpeting the latest student attendance figures but she’s kept remarkably quiet about the corresponding truancy rates, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“Tackling truancy was one of National’s major commitments in 2008 - in fact they claimed they would put $4 million towards it - yet they’ve done little to solve what is one of the most pressing issues in education.

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