Damien O'Connor

MP for West Coast Tasman

Spokesperson for Primary Industries
Spokesperson for Biosecurity
Spokesperson for Food Safety

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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.

Career Highlights

  • 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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Contact Damien O'Connor

West Coast-Tasman electorate offices

Address: 234 High Street, Motueka 7120
Phone: 03 528 8190


Address: 208A Palmerston St, Westport
Phone: 03 789 5481

Greymouth Electorate Office

Address: 27 Albert Mall, Greymouth
Phone: 03 768 7189

Parliamentary office

Phone: 04 817 8281

Latest from Damien O'Connor

Peas explain, Minister

August 10, 2016

The Minister of Primary Industries needs to explain how the failure of its biosecurity systems led to the Pea Weevil incursion in the Wairarapa, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says

“The decision to ban the growing of peas in the region has huge implications for farmers. While the ambition to eradicate the pest is right, Labour has little faith the Ministry for Primary Industries can achieve this.

O’Connor lodges medicinal cannabis approval bill

April 07, 2016

Damien O’Connor has lodged a Member’s Bill to make it easier for patients like the late Alex Renton to access medicinal cannabis products.

“I supported Alex Renton’s family in their quest to get approval for medicinal cannabis in a hope it could improve his desperate situation.

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