Before entering Parliament, Chris worked for 22-years as a teacher with students who have special learning needs, he trained as an English and Music teacher.
Before teaching he was a police officer for 14 years, including as a Youth Aid officer.
Chris owns a small business that employs 30 people in Nelson where he lives with his partner. He is a father of four.
He has a strong interest in sport and music, being an enthusiastic supporter of the local jazz scene.
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“Labour’s costly attempts at centralisation have not worked. The Government should get the centralised bureaucracy away from polytechnics and let them focus on what the community needs,” says ACT’s Education spokesperson Chris Baillie.
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“As New Zealand’s once-great education system is in sustained decline, surely we should get teachers back to focussing on the basics that will set children up for life? ACT hears ya,” says ACT’s Education spokesperson Chris Baillie.
Better pay for good teachers? We hear ya!
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