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

Snapshots from 2013

Clubs & Societies Day, Otago UniversityCountdown Zero Waste SchemeFringe LaunchHamilton to AucklandKeep Our AssetsKeep Our Assets!Polytech WelcomeRatana!


Cycle Safety

I’m a fan of cycling: both as a commuter and for recreation. But I’m frustrated that cycling on our roads is not as safe as it could be.

More must be done to make our streets safer. Safer streets mean lives saved, but also better lives lived.  A cycle-friendly city would see a healthier, happier community.

D Scene - MP wants an update on bike safety

Cycle safety is back in focus. I’m pleased the DCC has decided to confront the issue.

I’ve received increased correspondence in the time since Dr Li Hong’s tragic death on our one-way traffic system late last year.  Several near-misses have been brought to my attention.  I confess, I felt a chill down my spine when I first realised that Dr Hong’s death fell exactly two years to the day after I’d published an unapologetic article advocating and anticipating change that has not yet come.


Shearer endorsed as Labour Leader

In today’s scheduled vote, David Shearer was endorsed as leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Here’s a great backgrounder on his history and values…


In the House

The House is back in full swing. We’ve been back in Wellington this week and today a new Speaker will be elected to chair Parliament. Here’s my contribution to the first debate of the year – on the Prime Minister’s statement.

National has under-invested in tertiary education. Dunedin apprenticeship numbers are down 26%, and Post-graduate students are dropping out of their studies.  I’ve brought some facts to bear on John Key’s ‘increased apprenticeships’ announcement…

All of my Parliamentary speeches are online. Last year I seized the opportunity as a new MP to get plenty of practice, and was one of Labour’s most prolific speakers.

To view my other contributions click here.


National’s Disdain for Dunedin

The National Party illustrates its contempt again and again. Government jobs are taken out of Dunedin.  Wellington bureaucracy continues to grow.  The recent proposal to shut the doors of Dunedin’s immigration office is but one example.

National pours billions into roads – North of Christchurch. Contracts that should be filled in Dunedin are going offshore.  Rail wagons built in Dunedin under a Labour Government are now built less-well in China.

Another recent case of ideological madness is the decision to exclude Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) from the future provision of home support services. I’ve written about it in an article published today entitled: Uncaring attitude to care providers.

The Government seems ideologically wedded to imposed cookie-cutter solutions at the expense of local service providers. Perhaps Tony Ryall’s fingerprints will be lifted off the DHB process documents when they eventually become public.



I’ve captured a few highlights from recent days. 

David Shearer’s speech on Sunday was described by many party faithful as the best leader’s speech they’d heard at a conference.  Focusing on the big challenges facing our economy, Shearer said ‘don’t let anyone tell you Government can’t do big things to change people’s lives’.  He announced Labour’s plan to build 100,000 affordable houses over 10 years, and to require landlords to meet minimum healthy-housing standards.

Local visits to Industry Training Organisation sites are a fun part of the job.   I especially enjoyed presenting Sam Cooper and Sam Cadogan with their National Certificates in Carpentry. Just rewards after around 4 years hard graft each as an apprentice.

Pictures: from Shearer’s speech x2; with members of Dunedin Young Labour at conference; at unveiling of my Tom Field portrait at Selwyn College; with apprentices, and trainers at Stevenson and Williams Ltd’s site at McGlashan College x3; visiting apprentices and qualified hairdressers at Darryl McNamara’s Aart on Saint Andrew salon.


Political polls are no longer poles apart

In a couple of recent articles, I’ve examined polling trends since the November 2011 election.  *Disclaimer: polls go up and down, and the one that takes place in the general election is the only one that really counts…

Labour was about 20 points behind National at the last election. That gap has narrowed to about 10 points in most polls. There is a lot of work to do, but Labour seems to be on the right track.  For now, we have both the job of opposition (what we were elected to do) and the task of presenting a credible alternative Government for the next election.

Here are links to the two short articles – exploring Labour’s rise in the polls. The first focuses on reasons National is failing as a Government, and the second on the alternative vision presented by the David Shearer-led Labour Party.

We won’t be resting on our laurels.  There’s plenty of work ahead!


Meet your MP

A lot of people think you’d have to be mad to get into politics. I have my reasons.

Smart young folk tell me video communicates better than blogs. So with a little help from some smart young folk, I’ve taken a crack at explaining why I’m in politics.

‘You’ve only got three minutes’ they said. ‘Right’ I said.

Here’s the result. I’m interested in your feedback.


Why Government needs a plan for the economy including Dunedin

Dunedin has been feeling the pinch. At a local level, choices made in Wellington have affected Dunedin directly. In a recent article entitled Regions Treated as a ‘Cost’ by National, I explain why. 

I’ve had plenty of feedback on this piece because it gives some granular detail about choices the Government’s made that have cost jobs in Dunedin, contributed to a 67% rise in the number of unemployed people in Otago, and contributed to 1030 Kiwis leaving Dunedin permanently for Oz in the past year.

In a second article I pointed out the big changes the Government can make to better New Zealand’s prospects as a whole.  Labour has already outlined solutions that would make a big difference to the economic conditions in our country. 

Changes Labour would make include: changes to Reserve Bank Act to give them tools to focus on the economy and jobs, not just interest rates; a move towards universal savings. (The $A1.3 Trillion of savings Australia has makes a big difference to businesses looking for a source of cash to grow); pro-growth tax reform to neutralise the investment signal via a capital gains tax, and to encourage investment in future-focused industries via Research and Development tax credits; and, procurement policies that ensure whole of economy benefits are taken into account when taxpayer money is spent (think: Hillside).


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