David Cunliffe

MP for New Lynn

Undersecretary to the Leader on Superannuation Issues

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David was born in 1963 in Te Aroha, the son of an Anglican minister and learned early on the challenges that families face.

A Fulbright Scholar with a Master of Public Administration from Harvard, David is passionate about education unlocking the future for all. A management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and a former diplomat, David understands the importance of building a high-value, innovative and inclusive economy in a global context.

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 worked tirelessly for over 15 years to help local constituents in need and is a passionate advocate for the diverse West Auckland community.

As Minister of Communications and Information Technology in the Fifth Labour Government David enhanced competition in the telecommunications industry for faster, cheaper broadband, and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of IT Professionals and the NZ Computer Society.

As Minister of Immigration he helped modernise the Immigration Act, balancing human rights, skills supply and border security. As a front bench Minister of Health he introduced nationwide health service planning and advocated for a holistic approach to public health.

David also held a range of Associate Minister portfolios in Finance, State Owned Enterprise, Economic Development and Revenue, providing governance and strategic leadership across a wide range of Crown entities.

In Opposition, David served as Finance Spokesperson from 2008-2011, Economic and Regional Development, and Fisheries Spokesperson from 2012-2013, where he led policy making on strategic economic development, revenue reform and fiscal policy.

David was elected Leader of the Labour Party 2013-2014 and worked to rebuild party membership, systems and direction. Since the 2014 election he has held the Innovation and Science, Regional Development, Tertiary Education, Disarmament and Superannuation portfolios.

David is a father of two teenage sons, part time basketball coach, fisherman and tramper, enjoys music and reads widely. He has been a director and trustee of a number of non-profit organisations. 

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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

Of tertiary agents, rorts and Ministerial spin

September 07, 2016

Trouble within the tertiary education sector continues to brew despite Minister Steven Joyce's attempts to push allegations of corruption or malpractice under the rug.

Potential mismanagement and fraud appear to be rife among private training establishments (PTEs) and the Minister continues to turn a blind eye.  

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.

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