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

Aussie banks in NZ should ban lending to offshore buyers

April 29, 2016

ASB, Westpac and ANZ must confirm whether or not they will continue to fund the over-heated property market by lending to non-resident offshore home buyers, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

“This issue has arisen because their parent banks have unilaterally announced they are going to cease or limit lending to foreign buyers in Australia.

John Key’s land tax could push up rents

April 26, 2016

A land tax proposed by John Key as the answer to the housing crisis could push up rents and risks having no effect on skyrocketing prices, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

“The Government needs to explain why the thousands of dollars overseas-based landlords will be forced to pay in land tax wouldn’t simply be passed on to tenants.

Government should ban foreign speculators

April 26, 2016

The Prime Minister’s musings about a land tax on non-resident buyers is just more tinkering, and the Government should just ban foreign speculators as the Australian Government has done, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

“This is classic John Key. Just enough to get the issue off the front page. Just enough to make it look as if he is doing something.

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