Chris Hipkins

Chris has lived in the Hutt Valley for most of his life. He grew up in the suburb of Waterloo and was Head Boy of the then Petone College in 1996. Whilst completing a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in politics and criminology at Victoria University, Chris was twice elected as President of the Students’ Association.

Chris has worked in both the public and private sectors. A passionate advocate of lifelong education and learning, Chris began his working career in the industry training field, managing technical training programmes and apprenticeships for one of New Zealand’s largest energy companies. He also worked in the health sector whilst living in the United Kingdom.

Chris believes that every Kiwi should get a fair go in life and is committed to supporting strong public health and education services. Before standing for parliament himself in 2008, Chris worked as a political advisor to government ministers including Helen Clark, Steve Maharey and Trevor Mallard.

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.

To talk to Chris about a constituent matter, please contact one of the Rimutaka Electorate Offices.

More information about Chris can be found on his website: and Chris is also a regular contributor on the Labour MPs blog:

Contact details:

Parliamentary Office
Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 817 6584

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

Taita Electorate Office
Address: 1195 High Street, Taita
Phone: 04 567 0156

MP for Rimutaka
Spokesperson for Education
Spokesperson for Early Childhood Education

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