Quick Facts

Born and raised in Auckland, gained a BSc/LLb from the University of Otago

Worked in both the public and private sectors in the UK before entering Parliament

Elected as the Member of Parliament for Auckland Central in 2008, reelected in 2011 and 2014

Promoted to the National Government’s Cabinet in 2013

Currently the Minister for Youth and Associate Minister for Education


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.

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.

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Delivering for Auckland

  • Nikki is a powerful advocate for the interests of Auckland within the National led government.


  • In the last six years Nikki has handled more than 20,000 constituency cases in Auckland Central and been involved with at least three hundred local community groups and organisations.


  • Sitting on two cross party groups on adoption law reform and open government Nikki works collaboratively across the political spectrum.
  • Initiated the Auckland Mardi Gras concept that has now become the Auckland Pride Festival.
  • Actively working with the Mayor and the new Auckland Council as the interface with Central Government on issues such as the CBD master plan.

Environmental Champion

  • Launched the “Thrash the Trash” waste management campaign for the city.
  • Successfully opposed mining on Great Barrier Island.
  • Together with the Auckland Blue Greens responsible for the Meola Creek restoration project.
  • Successfully advocated for a new Conservation Park for Great Barrier Island.

Delivering for New Zealand

  • Instrumental on Parliament’s Auckland Governance Committee delivering one council for Auckland.
  • Working on the select committee on key environmental legislation including
  • Resource Management Act reform.

Projects and Progress

  • Strong supporter of Auckland’s CBD rail link.
  • Called for a review of the legislation protecting the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.

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