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

Mossack Fonseca links to OIO approvals must be investigated

April 28, 2016

The Minister for Land Information must investigate and disclose how many applications to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) have links to Mossack Fonseca, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson David Cunliffe.

“Labour can now reveal the OIO approved an application from Panamanian company Ceol & Muir – a client of Mossack Fonseca – to purchase the 1300ha landmark Onetai Station at Awakino in North Taranaki in February 2014.

New Zealand Business R&D lags OECD pack

April 06, 2016

New Zealand business R&D ranks in the bottom quarter of the OECD and far below leading small countries, Labour’s Science, Innovation, Research and Development spokesperson David Cunliffe said today.

“New Zealand business expenditure on R&D (BERD) is 0.54 per cent of GDP, a third of the OECD average of 1.62 per cent.

Tertiary education books an indictment on Govt

March 17, 2016

The Auditor-General has confirmed the National Government is mismanaging the tertiary education sector in a highly critical select committee report released today, Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe says.

“The public watchdog was been highly critical of the Tertiary Education Commission at select committee. It says it could not be satisfied TEC’s books were in order and issues a rare highly ‘qualified’ audit opinion.

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