About Chris

Chris is in his third term as an MP and is the COVID-19 Response Spokesperson for the National Party. He is also the Shadow Leader of the House. From 2017-2020 he was the MP for Hutt South and is now a National List MP based in Hutt South. He has previously served as National’s Spokesperson for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Police, and Youth.

Chris was born and raised in Lower Hutt, attending Eastern Hutt School, Hutt Intermediate and Hutt International Boys’ School. He has a first class Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University of Wellington, and has been admitted to the Bar as a barrister and solicitor.

Before serving as an MP, he worked in behind-the-scenes roles at Parliament, as a researcher for the National Party in opposition, and an Advisor to Ministers in the John Key-led Government. He also worked as a Corporate Affairs Manager for Philip Morris New Zealand.  

Chris was a champion university debater, winning tournaments around the world including at the Cambridge Union, the University of Sydney, as well as in New Zealand. He was the 2006 Young Wellingtonian of the Year.

Chris was elected to Parliament in 2014 as a List MP. In the 2014 Parliament Chris served on the Finance and Expenditure, the Justice and Electoral, and Regulations Review Committees. He was Chair of the Finance Committee from February to August 2017.  A member’s bill in his name, the Compensation for Live Organ Donors’ Act 2016, passed Parliament unanimously in 2016. The Act significantly increases the financial assistance provided by the government to those who altruistically donate organs to others.

In 2017 he became the MP for Hutt South, the first time National had ever won the seat. From 2017 to June 2019, Chris was National’s Spokesperson for Police and Youth, from June 2019, Transport and Regional Development. He was also National’s Infrastructure Spokesperson from May 2020 and served as the Deputy Chair of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee.

In the 2020 Parliament Chris is a member of the Health Select Committee as well as the Business and Privileges Committees.

He lives in Petone with his wife Jenna, their friendly samoyed Ladyhawke and their beautiful cat Ziggy. He is the co-captain of the spectacularly unsuccessful Parliamentary cricket team, and co-chair of the New Zealand-Australia Parliamentary Friendship Group.