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Chris Hipkins: From Head Boy to Prime Minister

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Chris “Chippy” Hipkins is set to become New Zealand’s Prime Minister, following an announcement from the Labour Party this morning.

Here’s a look back at his career in politics, and rise to the top job.

1978 – Christopher John Hipkins is born in the Hutt Valley. He attends Waterloo Primary School, Hutt Intermediate and was Head Boy at Hutt Valley Memorial College (later called Petone College) in 1996. Hipkins received his Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in politics and criminology from Victoria University of Wellington.

After completing university, Hipkins worked for the Industry Training Federation and Todd Energy. He also worked in Parliament as an advisor to Trevor Mallard and Helen Clark.

2008 – Hipkins enters parliament, standing in the Remutaka seat following the retirement of MP Paul Swain. He was appointed Labour spokesperson for Internal Affairs and became the Chief Whip following the 2011 general election. He also held the State Services and Associate Education spokesperson roles.

2017 – Hipkins is elected as a Cabinet Minister by the Labour Party caucus and became Minister for Education.

During this time, he supported the abolition of National Standards and charter schools and signalled a review of the National Certificate of Educational Acheivement (NCEA) system.

In 2019, Hipkins proposed merging the country’s polytechnics into a single entity – a move criticised by many including the National Party.

2020 – David Clark resigns as Health Minister and Hipkins is appointed Interim Health Minister.

In November 2020, Hipkins was Minister of Education, Minister for the Public Service and Covid-19 Response Minister.

In August 2021, Hipkins set Twitter alight with a blooper at a media briefing while trying to encourage people to take some exercise.

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Chris "Chippy" Hipkins is set to become New Zealand's Prime Minister, following an announcement from the Labour Party this morning. He attends Waterloo Primary School, Hutt Intermediate and was Head Boy at Hutt Valley Memorial College (later called Petone College) in 1996. 2017 - Hipkins is elected as a Cabinet Minister by the Labour Party caucus and became Minister for Education.

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