Damien believes every New Zealander, regardless of their background or family situation, deserves the opportunity to realise their full potential and participate in their community and society. He is a passionate advocate of constituent representation and true democracy in our Parliament. Damien will work hard to ensure that a Labour government will stand for the values of equality and opportunity and also for the responsibility we owe to each other to maintain these values.
Damien’s background in adventure tourism and farming drives his view that we need well-paid, sustainable jobs and industry growth to improve our future. Damien was first elected to Parliament in 1993. He is an active sportsman and represented Buller at athletics. Damien also won West Coast Young Farmer of the Year and is a keen skier and whitewater rafter, and enjoys jetboating, motorsports and plays rugby for the New Zealand Parliamentary Team.
- Past president, Buller Promotion Association
- Member of the West Coast Tourism Development Group
- Member of the West Coast Business Development Board
- Founding director, Buller Community Development Company
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