Michael was first elected to Parliament at the 2016 Mt Roskill by-election. In opposition he was Labour’s spokesperson for Transport, Revenue, and Consumer Affairs and after the election he was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities and became Chair of the Finance & Expenditure Select Committee.
In his Ethnic Communities role Michael is closely connected to New Zealand’s vibrant and growing Ethnic Communities and is focussed on ensuring that every person regardless of background has the ability to flourish and reach their fullest potential in our country. He has a specific delegation to work with Ethnic Communities on community safety issues.
Prior to his parliamentary role Michael was an Auckland Council member in his community and has held roles providing advice to Habitat for Humanity and as a senior negotiator for the Finance Sector union Finsec.
Michael is driven by the core belief that people do well when living in strong, fair, and supportive communities. He believes that an economy and public institutions that are focussed on people’s wellbeing will lead to a society that is both more prosperous and just.
Along with his wife Julie and their three young sons, Michael lives in Roskill South where he loves to tramp along the Waikowhai Coast, tends to a very neglected vegetable garden, and dreams of an alternative career as a roving international test cricket commentator.