Clare Curran

MP for Dunedin South

Spokesperson for Broadcasting
Spokesperson for Open Government
Spokesperson for Civil Defence and Emergency
Associate ICT Spokesperson
Associate Commerce Spokesperson

Contact Clare Curran

Clare has been the MP for Dunedin South since 2008 and is a strong advocate for the Dunedin South community. In Dunedin Clare fought hard to save Kiwirail’s Hillside workshops and is a passionate advocate for building the Dunedin economy and providing more jobs.

Raised in Dunedin, Clare has a deep connection with the Dunedin South electorate. Clare began her career as a journalist, before working for the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Since then she founded her own Dunedin-based business, specialising in PR, before moving into politics. Her background has made her a strong Labour Spokesperson for the IT and Communications portfolio.

  • Labour Member of Parliament, Dunedin South
  • Founder, Inzight Communications
  • Senior media consultant Essential Media Communications (EMC), Australia
  • Media/Communications Officer, Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • BA (Hons) Anthropology and History

Contact Clare Curran

Dunedin South electorate office

Phone: 03 455 5299
Address: Shop 1, South City Mall, Hillside Rd, PO Box 2084, Dunedin

Parliamentary office

Phone: 04 817 9906
Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160


Latest from Clare Curran

Frostbite for NZ on Air as frozen funding reality hits

December 14, 2015

NZ on Air’s admission that its budget is under huge pressure will be a concern to New Zealanders already disturbed at the lack of quality local television programmes, says Labour's Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran. 

“The National Government’s seven year starvation funding for new public interest television is eating into money available for programmes made by New Zealanders about New Zealanders.

OIA report could have serious ramifications

December 08, 2015

Labour has serious concerns about the wide ranging and potentially chilling effect on the flow of government information following the release Beverley Wakem’s report, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Today’s report by the Chief Ombudsman into the Official Information Act shows government departments are being encouraged by Minister’s offices to withhold material for political reasons. This is further delaying the release of information.

NZ on Air lets current affairs television die

December 03, 2015

The loss of more quality current affairs television shows the New Zealand on Air funding model is broken, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran said today.  

“A huge amount of public money is being used to prop up television executives’ expensive, commercial visions which offer nothing new to the public, while Investigative journalism and current affairs shows are axed.

Offshore workers shipped in at expense of locals

November 18, 2015

Cut-price contractor Visionstream is trying to bring in offshore workers for the UFB fibre roll-out while at the same time workers doing the same job are being cut at Downer, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Visionstream’s contract for the UFB roll-out is being expanded into Wellington. Instead of looking for local workers they are applying for the right to bring in workers from offshore so they can pay them low rates.

TVNZ backtracks on chopping news jobs in the South

November 02, 2015

TVNZ has finally listened to sense and shelved plans to axe two fulltime frontline news positions from their Dunedin office, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The planned cuts to a news operation that covered 65,000 square kilometres of the South Island was short sighted. It is unfathomable that they would chop news gathering in an area bigger then Switzerland.

Govt broadband not keeping up with business needs

October 28, 2015

The latest MYOB Business Monitor which shows just 40 per cent of businesses are happy with their internet service only touches the surface of regional dissatisfaction, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“According to MYOB satisfaction with internet service has fallen from 49 per cent to 40 per cent. That’s a big drop. Business technology is improving at a far quicker pace than National’s broadband roll-out, especially in the regions. This has caused dissatisfaction in regional businesses according to council surveys.

55km cable to nowhere serves one customer

October 22, 2015

A 55km Cable to Nowhere has been laid between Wairoa and Tuai to apparently serve just one company, while in many other regions there is limited rural internet access, says Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran. 

“Genesis Energy has been the sole recipient of an incredibly long length of fibre. It is especially concerning when the local school at Tuai has been unable to qualify for funding to get the software to make use of the new bandwidth even if it had the money to get connected.

Minister sacks Ministry for rural broadband

October 22, 2015

Amy Adams must start an independent technical audit of the delivery outcomes on the Government’s $300m rural broadband scheme after the Minister sacked the ministry responsible for its management, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Amy Adams is desperately trying to contain the growing fallout from her government’s mismanagement of rural broadband. She has sacked MBIE from the job and handed control of the next tranche of government funding to Crown Fibre Holdings.

Māori TV decision a victory for common-sense

October 21, 2015

Today’s decision by the Māori Television board for the channel to remain in Auckland is a victory for common-sense but raises the question why such a move was ever considered in the first place, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Clearly time and money has been wasted on exploring the proposal to farm Maori Television out to Hamilton and Rotorua – money that could have been spent on television content.

John Key should be part of OIA inquiry

October 18, 2015

The Chief Ombudsman’s description of the Prime Minister’s attitude to releasing public information as "cavalier" and "a disregard for the law" reinforces growing concerns that democratic principles are being consistently undermined, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says.

Labour has today written to Dame Beverley Wakem requesting John Key be interviewed as part of her wide-ranging review of Official Information Act practices across the public sector.

Labour bill to stop stealth cuts to Radio NZ

October 15, 2015

Radio New Zealand’s punishing six-year funding freeze would be put to an end by Labour’s bill that matches funding to inflation and population growth and assists the broadcaster’s transition to a multimedia public service network, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The Radio NZ (Catch-Up Funding) Amendment Bill, which has been placed in the private member’s bill ballot today, provides for an 11 per cent increase based on total inflation and an overall population increase of 6.7 per cent from June 2009 to June 2015.

Govt must clarify if software patents are in TPP

October 14, 2015

New Zealand’s tech sector faces an uncertain future if a hard-fought for exclusion for software patents is missing from the final text of the Trans Pacific Partnership, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Labour and the tech sector fought long and hard to convince the government to accept that software should not be subject to patents as it stifles innovation and creativity in a fast-moving sector which spans many industries.

Poor regions to miss out on better internet

October 12, 2015

Regional ratepayers will have to stump up as co-investors in hundreds of towns and communities to subsidise improved broadband access, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Despite calling for expressions of interest in March from all local authorities to access a new pool of funding to improve substandard internet connections, the government last week quietly changed the rules for how the money will be allocated.

National lengthens the digital lag

October 06, 2015

Rural New Zealand’s growing anger at substandard internet connections is catching up on the Government with panicked, unfunded and unambitious promises made by Communications Minister Amy Adams, says Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran. 


“National's 'aspirational' target for broadband connectivity in ten years’ time is a cynical attempt to distract from the under-delivering rural broadband.

TVNZ profits up, regional coverage slashed

October 02, 2015

State-owned broadcaster TVNZ’s plan to axe two critical frontline news positions from Dunedin has an immediate negative impact on coverage for the whole of Otago and Southland, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran.


“TVNZ is cutting around 10 positions nationwide in a cost-cutting exercise affecting backroom news production and regional news gathering.


Loopy rules report contains loopy broadband suggestions

September 22, 2015

The Government seems intent on putting the ultrafast broadband scheme at risk in a “loopy rules reduction” report released today by suggesting new infrastructure connections be optional, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“The Rules Reduction Taskforce report cited an ‘opportunity’ to ‘Make new infrastructure connections optional and negotiable’.

TICS Amendment Bill a check on Minister’s powers

September 17, 2015

Clare Curran’s Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Amendment Bill will restrict the unfettered powers granted to the GCSB and its Minister.

“The TICS Act, alongside the GCSB Amendment Act, granted extraordinary surveillance powers to the GCSB and its Minister in 2013.

Govt focuses on 2020 while rural internet stagnates in 2015

September 09, 2015

While National debates the rules for post 2020 telecommunication, it is dragging its heels on fixing the quality of internet connections right now in rural communities says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Last week the Minister quietly revealed that the second phase of the Rural Broadband scheme has been put off until after the ultrafast broadband second stage has been determined.

Radio NZ facing death by 1000 cuts

July 19, 2015

The National Government’s seven year funding freeze on Radio New Zealand has put its vital public broadcasting services in serious jeopardy, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran says.

"The axing of 20 jobs at our only publicly funded broadcaster shows the stress it’s under.

Broadband failure sucks up more cash

July 03, 2015

The Commerce Committee has blocked an inquiry into the $300 million rural broadband initiative (RBI) despite mounting evidence it’s a massive policy failure and waste of money, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The Government is about to spend an extra $150 million on a programme that isn’t working. The RBI could prove to be one of the most misguided spends of this National Government. 

Copper decision a victory for status quo, not Kiwi households

July 02, 2015

New Zealanders hoping for cheaper copper broadband will be disappointed by the Commerce Commission’s latest decision in the long running saga to determine the price of copper, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“In an apparent attempt to appease everyone, the Commission’s decision is a victory for the status quo.

Minister must explain Maori TV interference

June 24, 2015

Te Ururoa Flavell must explain why he told Maori TV staff all complaints about the CEO must come to him – months before he became the Minister responsible for the broadcaster, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Sources have told me that Mr Flavell rebuked staff for signing a petition against Paora Maxwell’s appointment and insisted all complaints about the CEO must be made through him, in a speech made in May 2014 welcoming Mr Maxwell to the organisation.

Māori TV editorial interference scandal deepens

June 17, 2015

The Maori Development Minister has misled a select committee and appears to have broken the law through editorial interference in Māori Television, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

Labour has released emails between Te Ururoa Flavell’s press secretary and Maori television that show the Minister's press secretary tried to alter the format of a proposed Native Affairs debate on Whanau Ora and attempted to dissuade Māori Television from inviting NZ First to appear on the show.

Black Caps backs South Dunedin flood recovery

June 17, 2015

 People dealing with the aftermath of the Dunedin floods will be supported by the boost from Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson who have put their weight behind the Dunedin Flood Appeal in a  video released this afternoon, Clare Curran, Labour Dunedin South MP says. 

“It is brilliant that South Dunedin’s favourite son has shown his support for those affected by the floods. Brendon has never forgotten where he came from, and recording this video is a real shot in the arm for those picking up the pieces from the floods.

Urgent plea for donations to support Dunedin after floods

June 11, 2015

Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran is urging people to get behind a plea that has gone out today for donations to help uninsured residents who lost their homes and possessions in last week’s floods.

“The worst affected suburbs are some of New Zealand’s most densely populated and disadvantaged areas. The elderly, people with disabilities and families with young children on low incomes are disproportionately affected by the extreme flood event.

Action on UFB barriers better late than never

June 09, 2015

Several years of warnings and pleas to free up the barriers to connecting households and businesses to ultrafast broadband has finally prompted some action from the Government, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“The release of an MBIE discussion document on options for improving land access for telecommunications should hasten complex fibre installs and is good news for the thousands of frustrated New Zealanders who want fibre but can’t get it.

Labour calls for assurances on Maori TV editorial independence

June 07, 2015


The Minister of Maori Affairs must seek immediate assurances from the Chair and CEO of Maori Television that editorial independence at Maori TV has not been compromised, says Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran. 

“The shock resignation of prominent and respected reporter Mihingarangi Forbes last week from Maori TV’s Native Affair’s programme has exposed further rifts within the publicly funded broadcaster.

Urgent action needed in South Dunedin

June 05, 2015

Honest lessons need to be learnt about the state of South Dunedin’s sewers, storm water drains and pumping systems following this week’s horrific floods, says Labour MP for Dunedin South Clare Curran. 

“South Dunedin’s infrastructure clearly had problems coping with heavy rain and rising water tables. 

Labour calls for select ctte inquiry into Rural Broadband Initiative

May 28, 2015

Labour is calling for an immediate inquiry into the flailing $300 million rural broadband initiative, before companies and consumers are forced to pick up the tab for the new $150 million broadband tax, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Rural New Zealanders and InternetNZ have expressed strong concerns that the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI) isn’t delivering quality internet and has connected very few households.

Public broadcasting takes big hit under National Government

May 28, 2015

Public broadcasting funding has been cut by 25 per cent in real terms since the National Government took office in 2009, leading to the erosion of our once world-class news and current affairs culture, says Labour Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran. 

“A seven year funding squeeze for Radio NZ and NZ on Air, after accounting for inflation and population growth, means public funding of broadcasting is now at an all-time low. 

Another new tax, another broken promise

May 22, 2015

National has unveiled yet another new tax in this budget – a rural broadband levy that will almost certainly result in an immediate price hike for internet and telephone connections across New Zealand, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said

“The Telecommunications Development Levy Amendment Bill that is being rushed through under urgency today will force the telco industry to hike broadband prices.

Thank you John, it’s been bloody marvellous

May 22, 2015

The departure of John Campbell is a blow to current affairs investigative journalism, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Campbell Live stood out in its field. Its axing comes as local broadcasting in New Zealand remains in a state of flux. Radio NZ has had its funding frozen since 2008, TVNZ has said it no longer considers itself a public broadcaster. 

Ministers must act on 111 failure

May 04, 2015

Lives are being put at risk if the company contracted to manage emergency 111 calls can’t cope with increased numbers, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Saturday’s situation where people calling the emergency services were unable to get through and were instead cut off shows there’s something wrong with the system.

Action on laws needed in Privacy Week

May 04, 2015

The Government must speed up promised law changes to reassure the public their private information is in safe hands as the country marks Privacy Week, Labour’s associate Justice spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“The previous Justice Minister Judith Collins announced much needed sweeping changes to the Privacy Act a year ago this month. They would give the Privacy Commissioner more powers to compel public and private sector organisations to report privacy breaches and new offences and fines for those who didn’t. We are yet to see any legislation appear.

Job losses show folly of Chorus’ copper cuts

April 29, 2015

Chorus and the Government are neglecting the copper broadband network, leading to 145 potential job losses at Transfield Services as well as poor services in the regions, says Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Steven Joyce and Amy Adams have made a mess of the ultra-fast broadband roll-out which is well behind schedule. Instead of acknowledging this they are still pretending the roll-out is running on time so are happy with Chorus neglecting the copper network.

Campbell Live a bastion of investigative journalism

April 10, 2015

The announcement that current affairs programme Campbell Live is under review and may be axed has sparked outrage from the New Zealand public, for good reason, says Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran.

“Investigative journalism is a precious resource in today’s media environment and vital to an informed public.

Customs seeks big brother powers

March 05, 2015

A proposal giving New Zealand Customs powers to compel anyone to provide passwords and encryption keys to their electronic devices is another step towards a surveillance society and should be strongly resisted, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today. 

“There are existing powers in search and surveillance law and other legislation which provide compulsion to disclose a password if someone passes through Customs and is under suspicion. 

Chorus slashes spending on copper network

February 23, 2015

Chorus has slashed spending on the copper network by almost a third, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“Chorus’s half yearly financial statement out today shows the company will cut spending from $21 million to $15 million on the network, which the vast majority of its customers are on.

Notice of Motion condemning imprisonment of Al Jazeera journalists

February 11, 2015

That this House condemn the continued imprisonment of two Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt—Canadian-Egyptian Mohamad Fahmy, and Egyptian Baher Mohammad—and further, condemn Egypt’s suppression of the free press, which is the cornerstone of a just and stable society, and call on the Egyptian Government to release these journalists following the release of their colleague Australian Peter Greste.

Ombudsman probe targets Ministerial integrity

December 16, 2014

John Key is on notice that the entrenched cynical and manipulative abuse of official information requests by his Government will no longer be tolerated, Labour’s Open Government spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“The announcement by the Ombudsman of a wide-ranging review of Official Information Act practices across the public sector includes all Ministerial offices.

John Key can’t duck the blame for internet and phone price increases

December 10, 2014

Shareholders are winning out over Kiwi households in the latest episode of the long-running fiasco on copper network phone and internet prices, Labour ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“As predicted last week hundreds of thousands of Kiwi households now face monthly price rises for their phone and internet connections after Spark, Vodafone and Callplus all announced prices hikes today.

Consumers lose out in copper broadband prices

December 02, 2014

Consumers will bear the brunt of today’s Commerce Commission decision which looks set to hike up the monthly cost of broadband over the copper network, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

“While Labour supports the Commerce Commission’s role as the independent umpire we note with concern that their decision to raise the wholesale copper price from their interim price creates ongoing uncertainty for telcos and looks set to make things harder for Kiwi consumers in the lead-up to Christmas.

Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin

October 03, 2014

The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran.

“Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world wars and the Great Depression, so it’s devastating the South Dunedin company has to practically halve its 70-strong workforce.

National’s blatant broadband pork barrelling misses the mark by a country mile

September 04, 2014

National’s blatant pork-barrelling ICT announcement today should reinforce a growing sceptical electorate’s view that they are all about the gift wrap and not the present, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Instead of addressing the real issues - the woeful inefficiency of Chorus in rolling out ultrafast broadband and its desperate attempts to keep copper prices high along with the low uptake of UFB by households, National has merrily announced it will broaden its scheme to parts of New Zealand where it needs more votes.

Local communities critical to Civil Defence

September 02, 2014

Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran.

Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups to make sure they are ready to act effectively as the Student Army did in Christchurch. In the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes, volunteer networks emerged to tackle the huge recovery task.

Slow, sluggish, not sweet at all

July 31, 2014

Rural communities, frustrated by slow and unstable broadband, have been delivered a two fingered salute by Steven ‘Everything’s Sweet ’Joyce, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Mr Joyce deliberately obfuscated and refused to answer questions on the actual connection numbers to both rural and broadband schemes in Parliament today in an attempt to cover up the National Government’s sluggish progress on both schemes

Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole

July 18, 2014

The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money that was intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.

“The deal between Chorus and Crown Fibre Holdings shows Chorus has failed to manage its own business. The deal allows Chorus to access money that was meant to be spent on the UFB roll-out in 2018 and 2019.

Joyce performs U-turn in Labour’s garage

July 15, 2014

Just four days after calling Labour’s ICT Garage Grants ‘off the planet’ Steven Joyce has supported the policy and trumpeted funding for ICT entrepreneurs, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

Dunne mismanagement of Windows XP migration costing taxpayers

July 07, 2014

Peter Dunne needs to explain why millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money is being used to prop up outdated and unsupported computer systems across the public service - exposing some key Ministries to increased security risks, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.

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