About Me

 

In November 2011, I was elected to be the MP for Dunedin North.  Previously, I was the Warden at Selwyn College in Castle Street.  Before that I'd done a bunch of different things.  I've worked on farms and in factories.  I've worked as a Presbyterian Minister and celebrant.  I've worked as a Treasury analyst, and I've served on the Otago Community Trust as Deputy Chair.

It is a privilege to represent Dunedin in Parliament and serve as the Minister of Health.  Thank you for your support.

If you would like to know more, or arrange a group to meet with me, please be in touch.


Brief notes:

Married with three children
Former representative cyclist for Otago
Twice completed New Zealand Ironman at Taupo 2003, 2005
Sponsored the successful Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Act 2013
Current portfolios: Health, Associate Finance

Current community commitments:

Celebrant, marriages, civil unions and funerals
Member, Presbytery of Dunedin

Previous community commitments:

Member, Blueskin Bay Library Redevelopment Trust 2011 - 2016
Member, All Saints Redevelopment Trust 2013 - 2014
Honorary Associate Minister, Knox Church Dunedin 2011 - 2012
Deputy Chair, Otago Community Trust 2011 - 2012
Trustee, Otago Community Trust 2008 - 2012
Member, Finance and Audit Committee Otago Community Trust 2008 - 2012
Member, Otago Forward economic development forum 2009 - 2011
Member, Vice-Chancellor's Alcohol Advisory Task Force 2010 - 2011
Head of College, Selwyn College, University of Otago 2008 - 2011
Associate Member, Anglican Synod of Otago Southland 2008 - 2011

Career Summary:

Member of Parliament for Dunedin North 2011 - current
Minister of Health October 2017 - current
Associate Minister of Finance October 2017 - current
Labour Health Spokesperson March 2017 - October 2017
Labour Economic Development Spokesperson 2013, 2014 - 2017
Labour Associate Finance Spokesperson 2013 - October 2017
Labour Associate Health Spokesperson 2013 - March 2017
Labour Small Business Spokesperson 2013 - 2014
Labour Revenue Spokesperson 2012 - 2013, 2013 - 2014
Labour Associate Tertiary Education Spokesperson 2012 - 2013
Warden, Selwyn College Dunedin 2008 - 2011
Advisor, to Hon David Parker 2006 - 2007
Analyst, Treasury 2003 - 2006
PhD Student, University of Otago 2000 - 2003
Presbyterian Minister, Community of St Luke 1997 - 2000
University Exchange Student, Germany 1997
Student, University of Otago, BA, BTheol(Hons) 1991 - 1996