David Cunliffe

MP for New Lynn

Spokesperson for Disarmament, Research and Development, Science and Innovation, and Land Information
Undersecretary to the Leader on Superannuation Issues
Associate Education (Tertiary) Spokesperson

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David is in politics because he believes that people matter most, and that we need a new era of positive politics in New Zealand.

As a former business consultant and diplomat, David is motivated by a desire to ensure that every Kiwi has the opportunity to work hard, get ahead, afford a home and raise their families.

The son of an Anglican minister, David was born in 1963 in Te Aroha. He learned the values of social justice and hard work from his father Bill, who was active in the Labour Party and sparked David’s interest in politics. 

A Fulbright Scholar with a Master of Public Administration from Harvard, David understands the important role that education can play in unlocking new worlds of opportunities for young New Zealanders. He is committed to ensuring that every Kiwi kid, no matter who they are or where they were born, get the best education in the world.

In 1999 David was elected as the Member of Parliament for Titirangi, which became the New Lynn electorate in 2002. As a local MP, David has fought tirelessly for over 15 years to help thousands of local constituents in need. As Minister of Communications in Helen Clark's Government, he stood up to a monopoly in the telco industry, and unbundled the Telecom loop, ensuring cheaper broadband for all Kiwis.

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Electorate office

Physical address: 3071 Great North Road, New Lynn, Auckland 0600
Postal address: PO Box 151 111, New Lynn, Waitakere, Auckland 0640
Phone: 09 827 3062

Parliamentary office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 817 8212

Latest from David Cunliffe

Minister approved OIO consent despite death and investigations

June 26, 2016

Louise Upston must say if she knew Intueri was being prosecuted for the death of a student and under a funding investigation when she approved its overseas investment consent to buy another education provider, says Labour’s Land Information and Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe.

Dive school rort took six years to dredge up

June 23, 2016

News that yet another private training establishment (PTE) has rorted the Government’s tertiary funding system since 2009 shows that Steven Joyce has no control of the sector, says Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe.

“Like Agribusiness Training and Taratahi, these rorts went undetected for years under the Government’s loose monitoring system and have cost the taxpayer millions.

Investigations into tertiary institutions overdue

May 13, 2016

A Tertiary Education Commission investigation into the Tai Poutini Polytechnic is overdue and should have been launched last year, Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe says.

“Labour has been calling for an inquiry into potential rorts at Tai Poutini since last year after we highlighted apparent inconsistencies in the length of its advanced rope course.

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