Hon Damien O'Connor

MP for West Coast-Tasman

Minister of Agriculture and Minister for Biosecurity, Food Safety, and Rural Communities

Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth

Contact Hon Damien O'Connor

Hon Damien O'Connor believes every New Zealander, regardless of their background or family situation, deserves the opportunity to realise their full potential and participate in their community and society. Damien stands for the values of equality and opportunity, and for the responsibility we owe to each other to maintain these values.

As of the 2017 election, Damien is the Minister of Agriculture and Minister for Biosecurity, Food Safety, and Rural Communities. He is also the Minister of State for Trade and Export Growth.

Damien’s background in farming and adventure tourism drives his view that we need well-paid, sustainable jobs and industry growth to improve our future. He is a passionate advocate for rural communities and for a thriving agricultural sector. Damien was first elected to Parliament in 1993 and has served as a Minister in both the fifth and sixth Labour Governments, and Spokesperson in Opposition for a variety of roles, including Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety, Tourism, Immigration and Health.

Damien is an active sportsman and represented Buller at athletics. He has won West Coast Young Farmer of the Year and enjoys sports including skiing, white water rafting, jet boating, motorsports and playing rugby for the New Zealand Parliamentary Team.

Contact Hon Damien O'Connor

West Coast-Tasman electorate offices


Phone: 03 528 8190
234 High Street, Motueka

Phone: 03 789 5481
208A Palmerston St, Westport

Phone: 03 768 7189
181 Tainui Street, Greymouth

Parliamentary office

Phone: 04 817 8715

Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160

Latest from Hon Damien O'Connor

Pike footage raises questions over government’s actions

August 11, 2017

The Government’s seeming determination to turn a blind eye to new questions about what happened at Pike River Mine is troubling, says Labour’s West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O’Connor.

Come on John Key: keep your promise

November 17, 2016

Labour will continue to listen and liaise with the families of the Pike river mine tragedy, says Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor.

Peas explain, Minister

August 10, 2016

The Minister of Primary Industries needs to explain how the failure of its biosecurity systems led to the Pea Weevil incursion in the Wairarapa, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says

“The decision to ban the growing of peas in the region has huge implications for farmers. While the ambition to eradicate the pest is right, Labour has little faith the Ministry for Primary Industries can achieve this.

See more