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Hon Iain Lees-Galloway

MP for Palmerston North

Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, ACC, and of Immigration

Deputy Leader of the House

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Hon Iain Lees-Galloway has been the Member of Parliament for Palmerston North since 2008. Born in South Auckland, Iain grew up on a beef farm near Waiuku. He moved to Palmerston North to study at Massey University and ultimately decided to stay and make the city his permanent home.

While at university Iain became active in the student association. Initially his interest was in expanding the services the association provided to students. However, Iain discovered a passion for advocating and campaigning for positive change in his community which led him to work for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and join the Labour Party.

Iain held a variety of portfolios in Opposition. As spokesperson for Workplace Relations and Safety, he was the lead Opposition MP in the campaign to end zero hour contracts and successfully amended government legislation to make New Zealand one of the first countries to ban these exploitative employment arrangements.

As Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Immigration and ACC, Iain’s aim is to create an employment relations framework that ensures working people get a fair share of a growing economy while workplaces are productive and safe.

Iain is married to Clare, an early childhood teacher, and they have three school-aged children.

Contact Hon Iain Lees-Galloway

Electorate office

Address: 45 King St, PO Box 1430, Palmerston North 4440
Phone: 06 356 5958
Email: palmerston.north@parliament.govt.nz

Parliamentary office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 817 6967
Email: iain.lees-galloway@parliament.govt.nz

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Latest from Hon Iain Lees-Galloway

Time for a breather on immigration

July 21, 2017

National has no idea how to house the record number of people entering New Zealand, let alone cope with the pressure on health, education, and transport from this record population growth, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.


Survey shows many international students plan to stay in NZ after study

June 13, 2017

Most international students in New Zealand at PTEs (private training establishments) who have a plan for themselves after study intend to stay in New Zealand to work. This shows how low-level education has become a backdoor immigration route under National, says Labour Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.


Nats unprepared for record immigration

May 19, 2017

National’s under-investment in housing, public services, and infrastructure means New Zealand is literally running out of beds for the record number of new migrants, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.


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