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

Save Invermay – Controversial Video

The 5 minute video that got Jock Allison banned from Invermay.

Judge for yourself.  Jock Allison, a former Director of Invermay, is an elder statesman in the agricultural science field – respected equally by farmers and scientists.  Does Jock – who now walks with the aid of a walking-stick – present a safety risk to staff?

AgResearch Senior Management have sent Jock a letter advising him he is not to visit the publically funded institution without contacting them first.  They “take the security and well-being of the staff very seriously at all times”.  Apparently Jock presents a risk in their eyes.  My observation was different.  Staff approached Jock and greeted him warmly throughout our visit to Invermay to film this short video.  Maybe Jock presents a different kind of risk to them?

Maybe AgResearch management will remove the numerous plaques at Invermay honouring Jock’s contribution to science as a next step?  Fortunately there is still time for the Government to pull the AgResearch Board into line.  Management’s plan to destroy Invermay doesn’t properly kick into action until 2017.


Good stuff Dunedin

With Professor Sir Alan MarkWise Response posterSleeping Rough in Octagon for Dunedin Night Shelter Trust webSt John Ambulance StaffWomen's Expo with Ruth Chapman and Glenda AlexanderOutside office Albany Street web

Great to see Dunedin experts and social activists leading the Wise Response call on Parliament to assess the climate change threat to New Zealand: a common sense request championed by Professor Sir Alan Mark, and supported by thoughtful parties.

I’ve recently supported fundraisers for the Heart Foundation (sitting in iced water), the Dunedin Night Shelter Trust (a sleepover in the Octagon), Canteen (exercycle challenge), and St John Ambulance.  All of these organisations rely heavily on volunteer effort to raise funds for their services. My thanks to the many volunteers that support these organisations and the valuable contributions they make to our community.


About Town

There’s always plenty going on in the Dunedin North electorate.  Here are a few shots from recent events.

Best Start Wendy Frankie David JacindaHoly Name with Catholic LeadershipPine Hill Neighbours' DayTamsin Cooper MP makeover

Clockwise from top: Wendy and baby Frankie with me and Jacinda Ardern at our ‘Best Start‘ event in Dunedin; Dunedin electorate MPs meeting with local Catholic leaders; with organisers and community members at a Neighbours’ Day event in Pine Hill; with Tamsin Cooper ahead of iD Fashion week in Dunedin.

There’s a bit of a story to the last photo. For something a little light hearted to support iD Dunedin Fashion week, I agreed to a Tamsin Cooper make-over. It was actually quite a lot of fun and Dunedin TV was there to catch the show.


Otago University

I’ll be in the Otago University Link tomorrow [Friday 21st] from noon. Bring me any issues – or just drop by to say ‘Hi!”

On campus - web

Read my latest Critic article on the Community Law Centre here. And find an update here on my regular campus activities.



Joyce must act to Save Invermay

The past week has seen three significant developments in the case to Save Invermay.

– On Saturday, the ODT exposed the botched cover-up of AgResearch’s business case.  The longer business case for the restructure is unconvincing. $100 million in taxpayer money is being risked for uncertain returns.

– On Wednesday, Jock Allison released his survey of NZ Ram breeders showing across New Zealand 92% of the industry AgResearch serves  – whether in Northland, Manawatu, Otago or Southland – want Invermay preserved.

– Later on Wednesday, close to 100 frustrated sheep and deer breeders packed out a meeting in Gore that first moved a motion requesting Invermay be expanded and extended with growth in genetics expertise – and then backed it up by calling on Minister Steven Joyce to launch an Independent inquiry into AgResearch’s restructure, including full exploration of the merits of an enhanced status quo option.

Invermay crowd Gore

On Monday, I wrote a longer piece looking at the importance of Invermay to New Zealand’s future prosperity.



On Campus

Students form an important part of the Dunedin North electorate that I represent in Parliament. I regularly meet with students and staff to keep up with concerns on campus.

Polytech International BBQPolytech OrientationUni orientation Robertson ClarkSigning Invermay petition at Farmers' Market

This year I have agreed to contribute a regular electorate MP column to student magazine Critic to actively engage with student issues. I’m already responding to correspondence my articles have generated!

Aside from keeping in contact with Polytechnic and University heads and student representatives, I hold regular clinics on the University Campus.  Maybe I’ll see you at my next one. Details below:

MP Clinic notice for Critic


Save Invermay Banners

Now you can sign the Save Invermay petition at locations across Otago.  Or you can host a copy yourself.

If you’ve already signed the Save Invermay petition and you’re wanting to show support online, I’ve had some banners and avatars made.  Please use them, and share with others.

[Click on picture, then save to your desktop for use...]

Avatar for Facebook or Twitter:


Facebook banner:


To see what they look like, check out my Facebook page.


Children’s Day

With Clare Curran at Mosgiel Weetbix TryathlonFormer Tall Black captain Dillon Baucher and World and Olympic Gold Cyclist Alison ShanksAt Opoho PlayCentre open day with Das familyWith Rev Tokerau Joseph and members of Dunedin's Cook Island community

I was proud to be out and about celebrating Children’s Day in Dunedin today.  Top two pictures are at the Mosgiel edition of the Weetbix Kiwi Kids TRYathlon: first before the start with Clare Curran, and second at the finish line with former Tall Black captain Dillon Boucher and multiple world champion track cyclist Alison Shanks.  Bottom left pic is taken at Opoho Playcentre’s open day with the Das family; and the final picture is with Rev Tokerau Joseph and Dunedin’s Cook Island community in the First Church grounds at their Children’s Day celebrations.


Save Invermay Petition Now in Your Community

The Save Invermay petition is gathering momentum.  Many Otago retailers are hosting it on their shop counters. Here are a list of civic addresses across Otago where the petition is available to sign:

Dunedin City Council, 50 The Octagon, Dunedin; Queenstown Lakes District Council, 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown; Waitaki District Council, 20 Thames Street, Oamaru; Clutha District Council, 1 Rosebank Terrace, Balclutha; Central Otago District Council, 1 Dunorling Street, Alexandra; Otago Regional Council, 70 Stafford Street, Dunedin; Dunedin City Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin; Waikouaiti Library, 192 Main Road, Waikouaiti; Blueskin Bay Library, 28 Harvey Street, Waitati; Mosgiel Library and Service Centre, 7 Hartstone Avenue, Mosgiel; Office of Dr David Clark MP, 32 Albany Street, Dunedin; Office of Clare Curran MP, 132 Hillside Road, South Dunedin.

Invermay petition launch signing Ali Copeman David Clark Jock Allison

Support for the petition is coming from well beyond the Dunedin community, with hundreds of signatures collected at recent A&P shows and rural field-days across Otago and Southland.

If you have not signed the petition yet, download a copy for your friends and family to sign. The address to return it is printed on the petition.  Alternatively the petition can be signed at any one of the locations listed above.  To find out more about the Government’s plans for Invermay visit: or read my previous posts here, here and here.


Save Invermay Petition launched

Since I last wrote here on the AgResearch restructure, I’ve had another Invermay opinion piece published in the Otago Daily Times. In it, I argue that we in the South must fight our corner for both parochial and national interest reasons.

DC at Invermay

To back this up with practical action, I’ve launched a Save Invermay petition in support of other Otago and Southland efforts.  The Save Invermay petition gathered over 100 signatures in the first hour.  Later in the year it will be presented to Parliament for consideration. In coming days and weeks, it will be available to sign at community events, market days, A&P shows, field days and the like.

If you wish to join the fight for Invermay, please download the Invermay petition form or pick one up from my office in Albany Street, Dunedin.  An Invermay Petition Information sheet is also available for download.