Dr David Clark

MP for Dunedin North

Spokesperson for Economic Development (including Regional Development), and Trade and Export Growth.
Associate Finance and Health.

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David is concerned about the growing gap between rich and poor which he sees as limiting our social and economic potential. He believes we can and must achieve a fairer society where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.  David has had early wins as an MP, including securing workers extra holidays through his ANZAC & Waitangi Bill. He is fighting hard to Save Invermay in Dunedin.

David came to Parliament in 2011 via a circuitous route - having run a residential University College, worked as a Presbyterian Minister, spent too long as a student, and done time as a Treasury analyst.  David has twice lived in Germany and is a former competitive cyclist and Ironman.  He is married with three children.

Career Highlights:

Trustee and Deputy Chair, Otago Community Trust (2008-2012)
Warden at Selwyn College, University of Otago (2008-2011)
Former Treasury Analyst, Wellington
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Theology (First Class Honours), Otago University
Doctorate, Otago University
Presbyterian Minister and celebrant

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Dunedin North electorate office

Address: 32 Albany Street, Dunedin
Phone: 03 474 1973
Fax: 03 474 9913

Parliamentary office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 817 9389


Latest from Dr David Clark

McClay’s head in sand diplomacy leads to kiwifruit crush

August 03, 2016

Todd McClay has some serious explaining to do following a move by China to put the squeeze on imports of New Zealand kiwifruit, Labour’s Trade spokesperson David Clark says.

"Unfortunately, we don't know whether Mr McClay has even asked Chinese authorities whether tighter controls imposed on kiwifruit into China are in any way related to a recent threat to impose tighter controls on kiwifruit into China. Does the Minister think the controls are just a highly unlikely co-incidence?

Govt worried about public scrutiny – cuts down TPP process

April 08, 2016

The Government wants to trim the process for hearing TPP submissions to get the controversial legislation off the agenda for election year in a shocking case of political expediency, Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David Clark says.


“The Government had decided to cut back the national interests assessment process by three weeks.

Joyce needs to take responsibility for his blunders

March 31, 2016

Steven Joyce today admitted he’s got no idea of the size of his Ministry’s payroll liability six months after being told legal breaches were being investigated, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says.

“Employment lawyers say the majority of payroll issues relate to confusion caused by changes the Government made to the Holidays Act in 2011. The blame for any ambiguity in the law lies at National’s feet because they conducted a full review in 2010.

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