My values are Labour values.

I want to help build a stronger, more caring society. I am passionate about Dunedin, and I bring considerable energy and wide experience to the task of representing this electorate.

My diverse work background has given me an understanding of the economic and social levers that can be pulled to achieve meaningful change.

Please read some of the discussions included here. I welcome your comments.

- David Clark

With Phil Goff in Dunedin

I spent some time this week with Labour leader Phil Goff – on a visit organised by Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

The day told a familiar story; New Zealand has much promise, but opportunities to create a fairer, more productive society are being squandered by the current government.

We visited entrepreneurs at the University of Otago to discuss new technologies and their potential to contribute to our economy.  I see the ODT has visited since.  The potential for New Zealand exporters to benefit from the weightless economy is extraordinary – if only the National Government had a decent plan to support the sector.

In Brockville, we met with Daniel Campbell, his wife Corinna and their three children, Tyelah, Jesse-James and Caleb.  They’re hard-working folk with a positive mindset, but they are struggling to make ends meet.  Daniel is working all of the overtime he can get.  GST increases, power and petrol price rises and looming cost increases in early childhood education are limiting their choices.  The kids are able to go to the doctor because of the cheaper doctor’s visits that Labour introduced. But a trip to the dentist for Daniel to get the fillings he needs isn’t an option.  These guys can see the sense in taking GST off fresh fruit and vegetables to make healthy options for their kids more affordable. 

Goff visits the Campbells in Brockville

With Phil Goff visiting the Campbells in Brockville

We also visited John Kennedy who survived a major brain event six years ago – thanks to Dunedin’s neurosurgeons.  If neurosurgeons weren’t available locally, he would likely have suffered permanent brain damage or death.  His story is an inspiring one, and he wrote to Tony Ryall to express concerns about the threatened loss of services.  John wrote at the start of August, and disappointingly hasn’t yet received so much as an acknowledgement of his letter from the Minister of Health.  On the upside, it looks increasingly likely that the Government will cave in to commonsense on this issue, but not before a well-paid panel has deflected criticism for the Government.

Phil was well-received at a ‘Drinking Liberally’ event in the evening.  He related the stories of families he had met who are struggling to cope with rising prices.  Sadly, families on lower incomes are worse off thanks to National’s tax switch, and there is no indication the current government sees anything wrong with its reverse-Robin-Hood approach.

Thanks to the families, individuals and groups who took time to share their stories with us during Phil’s visit.

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