Hon David Parker

List MP


Minister for the Environment, and Trade and Export Growth

Associate Minister of Finance

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David Parker grew up and studied in Dunedin, graduating with a BCom/LLB from the University of Otago, while at the same time helping to found the Dunedin Community Law Centre. He had a long career in business and law before being elected to Parliament as Labour Member of Parliament in the former electorate of Otago in 2002.

In his earlier years, David was a managing and litigation partner in South Island law firm Anderson Lloyd. He was also involved in many businesses, including innovative bio-tech export start-ups A2 Milk, BLIS Technologies, Botryzen and Pharmazen, as well as in more traditional industries. He is an experienced CEO and company director.

David was appointed to Cabinet in 2005, and served as Minister of Energy, Climate Change, Transport, State Services, Attorney-General, and Land Information under Helen Clark’s Government. In Opposition, he served as Deputy Leader, Shadow Attorney General, and in Finance, Economic Development and various other roles. His focus has always been, and remains, on delivering prosperity and fairer economic outcomes within environmental limits for all New Zealanders.

David now serves as Attorney General, Minister for the Environment, Trade and Export Growth, and Associate Minister of Finance. In his work as Minister for the Environment, David believes we need to take a holistic view of the environment and economy. He regards the economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the environment, not the reverse. This vision has fed into his work reviewing the Resource Management Act, and launching the Essential Freshwater programme to stop and reverse the degradation of our rivers and lakes.

As Minister for Trade and Export Growth, he has advanced New Zealand’s trade agenda through the CPTPP, talks on a future Free Trade Agreement with Europe, and the Trade for All agenda.

In his role as Associate Minister of Finance, he led changes to the Overseas Investment Act to ban overseas buyers of New Zealand homes, showing this Government’s commitment to making the dream of home ownership a reality for more New Zealanders. He also led the establishment of a $300m Venture Capital Fund to help high growth technology companies grow exports and good jobs.

David has three adult children. He spends time in his hometown of Dunedin, and in Auckland with his partner Barbara.

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Parliamentary office

Phone: 04 817 8710

Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160

Latest from Hon David Parker

Government to provide greater protection of rights under the NZ Bill of Rights Act 1990

February 26, 2018

Cabinet has approved, in principle, a move to amend the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 to provide a statutory power for the senior courts to make declarations of inconsistency under the Bill of Rights Act, and to require Parliament to respond.

Not another Nick Smith wild goose chase

September 05, 2017

Only the election on September 23 can save the country and the RMA from Nick Smith, say Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and Environment spokesperson David Parker.

New Zealanders deserve better than scaremongering over water

August 14, 2017

New Zealanders need to hear from National about how they will fund the clean-up of our rivers and lakes for future generations. Instead, National has broadened its scare-mongering, says Labour’s Water spokesperson David Parker.

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