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


A couple of weeks have already passed since the election.  Much has changed.

First, I’ve been elected to Parliament as your new MP for Dunedin North.  Thank you to all of you who have supported me, whether practically through campaigning activities, or through kind words, or simply by voting.  I appreciate your support. And will do my level best to be worthy of the faith you’ve placed in me.

Second, Labour’s chosen a new leadership team.  David Shearer, former New Zealander of the year, and MBE recipient, is our new leader.  Wry critics have suggested his leadership in UN reconstruction work will fit him well for the task ahead.  Grant Robertson, Dunedin born and bred – and a longstanding friend – is his deputy. I am looking forward to supporting these two as they lead Labour’s bid for Government in 2014.

Third, more change has been signalled.  The Labour Party is going to undertake a constitutional review to ensure it’s structures and processes serve the best interests of the Party and of the New Zealanders it represents.

Change can be unsettling.  It is often risky.  I’m looking forward to it.


3 comments on ‘Leadership’

  1. 15 December, 2011

    Congratulations on your election to Parliament – you and your team should be very proud of your efforts in what was not a good year for Labour.

    I’m wondering if you’ve had any thoughts on *what* Labour needs to change?

  2. 15 December, 2011

    Congratulations, David, I’m sure Dunedin North will be well served by you.

  3. 15 December, 2011

    Thanks Patrick. On the *what* front: Labour’s big challenge is to communicate effectively. Cliched as it sounds, this means listening to the aspirations of New Zealanders. And making sure our resultant policy is communicated in a way that does not jar with those aspirations. I’ve thoughts on policy choices that are suitably contemporary expressions of our values of fairness, equality and opportunity. But I’ll wait ’til responsibilities are allocated and talk to the relevant spokesperson before making too many public declarations!

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