New Zealand Labour Party

Hon Chris Hipkins

MP for Rimutaka

Minister of Education, State Services, and Minister Responsible for Ministerial Services

Leader of the House

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Chris Hipkins is Member of Parliament for Rimutaka. He is ranked seventh in the Cabinet and is the Leader of the House and Minister of Education and State Services. He is also the Minister responsible for Ministerial Services.

Chris passionately believes that every New Zealander deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential in life. He is a staunch advocate for and defender of our public education system. Chris believes that a free, quality education is the right of every child.

Born in 1978, Chris has worked in both the public and private sectors. Chris is passionate about the Hutt Valley, his home, a place that he believes is “bursting with energy and potential”. An outdoor enthusiast, Chris is particularly keen on mountain biking, tramping and swimming. Chris currently lives in Trentham, Upper Hutt.

He attended Waterloo Primary School, Hutt Intermediate and Hutt Valley Memorial College (later known as Petone College), where he was the Head Boy in 1996. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and Criminology at Victoria University.

After completing his study, Chris worked in the industry training sector. Before becoming an MP he also worked at parliament, first as Senior Advisor to two Education Ministers and later in the office of the then Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Chris entered Parliament in 2008 and became the Spokesperson for Education at the beginning of 2013. He places a strong emphasis on social justice and believes that every New Zealander should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Contact Hon Chris Hipkins

Rimutaka electorate offices


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

Phone: 04 567 0156
1195 High Street, Taita

Parliamentary office

Phone: 04 817 6584

Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160


Latest from Hon Chris Hipkins

A challenge to Bill English

September 14, 2017

Bill English should stop scaremongering about Labour’s charter school plans and front up to the students at Salisbury special school and explain why his Government continues to try and close their school, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

Are education cuts missing in National’s Fiscal Plan?

September 07, 2017

National needs to explain why its plans for cuts to school transport have not been announced in its fiscal plan, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.


“Buried in the Pre-election Budget update is a $5m a year cut to school transport, starting in the middle of 2018.

Labour to make continuing education more accessible

August 29, 2017

Labour will increase the amount students can get in student allowances and living cost loans by $50 a week, while accelerating our plan to make three years of post-secondary education free, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

“Labour’s plan will mean more young people can go on to study after school and gain qualifications with less debt.

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