VUWSA President, 2000-2001
In my second year of university I started getting more involved in Salient, and through that, the Student's Association. Hipkins was the Student President at that time and although we used to tease him about his dress sense (Hooded t-shirts and giant sticking out sneaker tongues) he was actually a good guy.
And as it turns out, a good politician too. These days Chris is the MP for Rimutaka, and the Labour party's spokesperson for Internal Affairs. Seeing Chris elected to Parliament gave me some faith in New Zealand politics: Chris is a passionate, honest, hardworking and down-to-earth guy and if I lived in Rimutaka I'd be happy knowing he represented me.