Fighting for fairness and equality has led Iain from his student days to the corridors of Parliament.
Iain has been a Member of Parliament for Palmerston North since 2008, and in 2017 was appointed Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Minister of Immigration and Minister for ACC.
Originally from South Auckland, Iain grew up with a farming family near Waiuku and then Hawkes Bay, with Palmerston North being home since his student days at Massey University.
While studying, Iain became active in student politics, working to enhance services for students. His advocacy and campaigning for change led him to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and then to the Labour Party.
As the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety, Iain is committed to working towards all New Zealanders enjoying a fair share of New Zealand’s prosperity and participating in safe and constructive workplaces.
In the Immigration portfolio, Iain is committed to building an inclusive, sustainable and productive economy by helping regions and businesses get the workers they need. All changes are part of the Government’s wider programme of improvements which together will help create better connections between the immigration, education and welfare systems.
Describing ACC as a national taonga, Iain aims to protect and enhance the scheme as New Zealand approaches the 50th anniversary of the Corporation.
Iain is married to Clare, a teacher, and they have three school-aged children.