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

Sign Language Week

This week is New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) week.

In spite of the language sharing equal status with English and Te Reo Maori as an official language of New Zealand, there are few opportunities to learn NZSL. I think we can do better to bolster efforts to teach our official languages. Many kids, for example, don’t have opportunity to learn to sign at all during their schooling years.

I was lucky enough to have representatives from Deaf Aotearoa visit my office last month to teach me some basic signs. I now know how to sign my name. Watch this video to see the results!

Unfortunately, the National Government slashed funding for Adult and Community Education (ACE) in their first budget. This has had a very real effect. The opportunity to learn the language has been limited.

Read my Critic article for Sign Language Week.

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