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.

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- David Clark

Dunedin Caucus visit retrospective

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It was terrific to have the whole Labour caucus visit Dunedin for two days earlier this month. The Monday was run as a retreat at Warrington with the surf lifesaving club providing the perfect venue for strategic planning.  It was also a chance for the caucus to gather in a less formal environment after the intensity of the leadership selection the previous month.  The caucus emerged united and energised with a common understanding of the task ahead.  A gathering of members and supporters at Toitu rounded out the day.  Tuesday’s activities were focused on visits to local businesses, community groups and the like. My group visited Cadbury, the University, Cargill Enterprises and Invermay.  Other groups visited R&D intensive firms, tourism operations, schools, social service providers and more.

I’m still receiving positive feedback about the Labour caucus’ Dunedin visit.  I was proud to show off our part of the world.  And dozens of local NGOs, businesses, schools and community organisations appreciated the opportunity to give direct feedback to visiting MPs. The MPs enjoyed their stay too.  My colleagues have asked that their gratitude be passed on; the direct feedback they received during their visit to the South feeds directly into understanding of the areas for which they carry responsibility.  So there you have it – Thank you Dunedin.

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1 comment on ‘Dunedin Caucus visit retrospective’

  1. 27 August, 2014
    JH

    I was told of Labour’s plans to reopen Hillside workshops. I couldn’t believe it was true so needed to see it for myself.

    Incredible. An historic lack of vision. There are so many better ways to spend $200m supporting real businesses which will add value to our economy, how can a group of people be so short-sighted?

    Look at the economy, look at the international. Find the winners, the new thinkers, the passionate people and business people and think of ways of supporting them. They are there and they are what holds the country together.

    Think first about how the money which supports a nation is created, and imported, not about how to spend what we have on dead end schemes which cannot stand up on their own commercially.

    [comment: Labour's plan is to open part of Hillside as a focus for Government procurement contracting. This makes good economic sense as the money has a multiplier effect on the local economy. The engineering cluster around Hillside will grow (as it did previously under Labour).
    On top of that, some of the procurement money comes back to the Government through income tax and GST on purchases made by workers. Keeping the work in NZ makes sense for taxpayers if the work is of comparable (or better) quality and doesn't cost too much more. Unfortunately recent decisions appear to have been taken on the basis of KiwiRail's bottom line rather than on the basis of NZ's wider economic interest. - David]

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