Hipkins get the chop for charity

MP Chris Hipkins loses locks for charity

PAUL EASTON
Last updated 10:44 27/02/2013
Chris Hipkins
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FOR THE CAUSE: Labour MP Chris Hipkins trusted Labour leader David Shearer to shear his red locks for charity.

Chris Hipkins
SHEARED: Chris Hipkins, post-shave.

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Just a few days after getting a promotion, Labour MP Chris Hipkins has received the chop from his leader David Shearer.

Mr Hipkins was shorn of his red locks this morning to raise money for a cancer charity.

Already looking anxious about his impending haircut, Mr Hipkins' nerves were not helped when Mr Shearer emerged from Parliament wielding a large hedge trimmer.

Soon armed with a more conventional set of clippers, Mr Shearer trimmed Mr Hipkin's back to a number one.

While the general consensus was positive, Mr Hipkins was not so sure when shown the results.

''Oh my goodness, it's really short. What have I done?'' he said.

Mr Shearer also had concerns.

''I just hope I can get the red hair off my suit,'' he said.

Mr Shearer revealed he had pledged to have one Labour MP a year shave their head for the cause, Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand.

He hoped to line up a woman MP for next year, he said.

''I had a word to Annette King last night, but she wasn't too impressed.''

Labour MP Jacinda Ardern, who watched on from the sidelines this morning, also seemed less than keen on the idea.

Meanwhile, hairdresser Kerry Ward revealed she was keen to get her clippers to work on UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne's famous bouffant.

Thousands of people in schools, universities, businesses and community groups will shave their heads during the week-long Shave for a Cure campaign which runs from March 4- 10.

''We hope their leadership encourages other Kiwis to shave their heads to make this the biggest New Zealand Shave for a Cure yet," chief executive Pru Etcheverry said.

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- The Dominion Post

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