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Chris Hipkins

MP for Rimutaka

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

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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

Contact Chris Hipkins

Email: chris.hipkins@parliament.govt.nz
Website: chrishipkins.org.nz

Rimutaka Electorate Offices
Upper Hutt

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

Taita

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

Another crisis, another half-baked National plan

May 17, 2017

The National Party may have finally woken up to the teacher supply crisis facing our schools but their latest half-baked, rushed announcement falls well short of the mark in terms of what’s required, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.


Education is for everyone, not just the elite

May 11, 2017

Proposals by the National Party to ration access to higher education will once again make it a privilege only available to the elite, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“Speaking at the Education Select Committee, Maurice Williamson let the National Party mask slip and revealed their true agenda to ration access to education and further gut courses of study that aren’t directly linked to employment.


Labour’s housing plan needed for Wellington as prices top $600,000

May 03, 2017

As the price of the average house in Wellington passes $600,000, the need for Labour’s plan to build affordable houses is getting more urgent, says Labour MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins.


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