The typical career path for many non union Labour MPs is to start in student politics, then to a job in Parliament, to a brief spell outside, and then a Labour candidacy.
We saw this with Grant Robertson in Wellington Central, and he has been joined by Chris Hipkins winning the Rimutaka nomination.
I haven’t met Grant (to my knowledge) but have met Chris a few times. Both will be pretty capable politically astute MPs, and my congratulations go out to Chris for his victory.
But I think there are legitimate issues, and these selections reinforce them, about the lack of significant real world experience amongst many Labour MPs.
Labour do far better than National on ethnic and gender diversity (however National is making inroads), but National does better on occupational and life experience diversity.
Interesting Chris has a blog, but it is a private one open open to selected invitees. Hopefully this will change. I think it has been a travel blog, but Google shows news of his nomination is on there.