MP for Mt Roskill
Spokesperson for Ethnic Communities, Transport, Consumer Affairs & Revenue
Michael was elected as MP for Mt Roskill in late 2016 following Phil Goff’s election as Auckland Mayor. Prior to that Michael had been a member of the Puketapapa Local Board since the Auckland Council amalgamation in 2010. On the Board he oversaw local parks and open spaces, was involved in a 1range of transport issues, and a range of local issues like the Three Kings quarry development and the campaign to save seniors’ social housing at Liston Village.
Some of Michael’s other career highlights have been his work for Habitat Humanity, and the number of years he spent as a senior negotiator for the Finance Sector union Finsec, dealing with large banks and insurers. Through his work in various organisations, Michael has developed a strong view that if we get the basics right — good jobs with fair wages, decent housing, and a strong public education system — we’ll solve many other social issues. He believes that individuals have the best opportunity to reach their full potential in life when they live in a strong and fair society.
Michael was appointed as Labour spokesperson for Ethnic Communities, Consumer Affairs & Revenue on election, and was made Transport spokesperson in July 2017. He believes in an integrated, well planned transport system that takes account of the benefits offered by all modes, and moves people and freight as efficiently and cleanly as possible.
Along with his wife Julie and their three young sons, Michael lives in Roskill South where he loves to tramp along the Waikowhai Coast (trapping the odd rat and possum along the way), tends to a very neglected vegetable garden, and obsesses about test cricket.