Phil Twyford

MP for Te Atatū

Spokesperson for Housing
Spokesperson for Building and Construction
Spokesperson for Auckland Issues
Associate Spokesperson for Transport (Auckland and Ports)

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Phil is a strong voice for the community in West Auckland. He campaigns for better transport, including a rapid transit busway on the north-western motorway, and speaks out regularly for his constituents. He is known for his street corner meetings and his big red van is a common sight on the streets of West Auckland.

With a background in leadership, campaigning and advocacy Phil's pre-politics career allowed him to hit the ground running when he entered Parliament. He led Labour's campaign against the way National set up the Auckland super city, and as housing spokesperson he has made housing a battleground political issue, pushing Labour's strong policies.

Career Highlights

  • Labour Spokesperson on Housing, Transport, Auckland Issues, Associate Spokesperson for the Environment (Cities)
  • Elected to Parliament in 2008
  • Founding Executive Director of Oxfam NZ (1991-99), director of advocacy for Oxfam International based in Washington DC (1999-2003)
  • Journalist, union organiser
  • BA (Political Studies), University of Auckland

Contact Phil Twyford

Te Atatū electorate office

Address: 300 Great North Road, Henderson, Auckland 0612
Phone: 09 835 0915

Parliamentary office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 817 9118


Latest from Phil Twyford

Labour calls for state of emergency on homelessness

August 28, 2016

Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford is calling on the Government to declare a state of emergency over the nation’s homelessness crisis.

“There are 42,000 people homeless and living in severe housing stress while the National Government behaves like a possum in the headlights. It is time to declare a state of emergency and treat this crisis with the urgency it deserves.

Most homeless are working poor – Otago Uni

August 25, 2016

The finding by Otago University researcher Dr Kate Amore that most homeless people are in work or study is one of the most shocking aspects of the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

“Social service agencies report many homeless people turning up looking for shelter are wage-earners. They just cannot find any affordable rental housing, and end up homeless or living in their cars or campgrounds.

State house sell-off a kick in the guts for Tauranga’s homeless

August 12, 2016

The Government’s sale of 1124 state houses in Tauranga won’t house a single extra homeless person in the city, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

“Tauranga, like the rest of New Zealand, has a crisis of housing affordability and homelessness. It has pensioners living in campgrounds, and families sleeping in cars. Selling off the city’s state houses will do nothing to house these people.

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