Hon. Nikki Kaye

Minister for Youth Affairs, backing young New Zealanders
Image of Nikki Kaye – Speaking at Festival for the Future

Hon. Nikki Kaye

Minister for Youth Affairs, backing young New Zealanders

Biography

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 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.

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.