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

Speech to Master Builders’ Constructive conference

September 23, 2016

Today’s all about being Constructive.

And that is good because I believe there is a hunger out there for positive solutions.

We must be able to believe there can be a better future.

70% of families in cold, damp homes powerless to fix them

September 08, 2016

Shocking new figures out today show 70 per cent of the families living in cold, damp homes are powerless to make improvements because they are in rental properties, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

“The 2016 Household Incomes Report highlights how many New Zealand children are living in substandard housing. It found 110,000 are in damp and mouldy homes, 140,000 are in cold homes and 75,000 are in homes that are both cold and mouldy.

New Zealand takes gold – for housing unaffordability

August 31, 2016

New Zealand has won the gold medal for unaffordable housing – we now have the most unaffordable housing in the OECD, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

“According to the International Monetary Fund’s latest Global Housing Watch, New Zealand now has the highest house price-to-income ratio.

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