Ginny Andersen entered Parliament in 2017, and became MP for Hutt South in 2020. In January 2023, Ginny became Minister for the Digital Economy & Communications, Seniors and Small Business, and Associate Minister of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations. She is also the Minister of Police.
Ginny is a longstanding member of the Labour Party, joining in 2004, and serving as the Party Vice President from 2015-2017.
Prior to becoming an MP, Ginny held roles in Parliament as both a Private Secretary and Senior Ministerial Advisor and worked in the public service for New Zealand Police and the in the Office of Treaty Settlements.
Ginny is an advocate for speaking Te Reo Māori. She is fluent in the language after studying Te Reo at secondary school and University. Ginny has devoted much of her time to teaching others Te Reo at night classes and her local library. She believes everyone deserves the ability to learn the language, should they wish to.
The daughter of primary school teachers, Ginny grew up across the motu, including in Great Barrier Island in her earliest years. After completing an MA in Political Science at Canterbury University, Ginny settled in the Hutt Valley where she is raising her four children with her husband.