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Nikki Kaye was elected as the Member of Parliament for the Auckland Central electorate in 2008, winning the seat for the National Party for the first time in New Zealand’s history. She was re-elected as the MP for Auckland Central in the 2011 and 2014 elections. Following her re-election in 2011, Nikki held the role of Chair of the Education and Science select committee. In April 2012 she successfully called for a Parliamentary inquiry into Digital literacy and 21st-century learning environments, the select committee reported back to Parliament in December 2012.

In January 2013, Nikki was promoted to the National Government’s Cabinet and given responsibility for Ministerial portfolios of Food Safety, Civil Defence and Youth. She was also made Associate Minister of both Immigration and Education. Nikki is proud to have been given these portfolios and to have been promoted into Cabinet. While assuming this additional responsibility, she remains determined to be a strong voice for Auckland Central.

She has established a track record for being very active in her electorate, having handled more than 20,000 constituency cases between 2008 and 2014. Since being elected as a Member of Parliament, Nikki has been a strong advocate for environmental and local government issues and has delivered a number of projects locally in Auckland central. She was an integral member of the Select Committee that reformed Auckland’s Local Government system.

In November 2014, Nikki was given responsibility for Ministerial portfolios of ACC, Civil Defence and Youth Affairs. She also is an Associate Minister of Education with responsibility for school infrastructure. Prior to entering Parliament as an electorate MP, Nikki worked in both the public and private sector. She has held roles in the United Kingdom at the Halifax Bank of Scotland, Transport for London, and in Social Services. She also worked as a researcher in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition in New Zealand while still studying at university.

In May 2017 Nikki was made Minister of Education, while retaining the Minister of Youth Affairs portfolio,

Nikki was born and educated in Auckland. She attended Corran School where she was Head Prefect. She gained a Bachelor of Science from the University of Otago, majoring in Genetics. She has also completed a Bachelor of Laws in 2009. Nikki’s interests include reading and films, and she is a keen participant in sporting events, she has completed several marathons and the Coast to Coast in both 2008 and 2013 – a 240km multi-sport race from the West Coast to the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Latest news by Hon Nikki Kaye

Ensuring young people are digitally fluent for our nation’s future

Delivered to Education Cross Sector Forum on Raising Achievement – Digital Technology (not delivered word for word) Introduction Tēnā koutou katoa and greetings to you all. Thank you...

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$40m digital fluency package

Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced an investment package of around $40 million over three years to enhance the digital fluency of our young people. “This investment will support the...

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Digital curriculum changes connect young people to the future

Consultation on new digital technologies content for the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Māori-medium Curriculum, was launched today by Education Minister Nikki Kaye. “We’re breaking...

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