Why I’m running
We pride ourselves on belonging to a fair society. I believe the gap between rich and poor must stop growing. Every child should be able to access a world class education at their local school. Everyone should have access to high quality affordable healthcare. I'll fight for action on climate change. I believe New Zealand can and must seize the opportunities presented by a low-carbon future. And I have and will continue to fight for local causes: Invermay, CODE and the Dunedin Hospital rebuild.
Since 2011, I have been an electorate MP in Dunedin. Previously, I was Warden at Selwyn College in Castle Street. I've worked on farms and in factories, as a Presbyterian minister and celebrant, as a Treasury analyst, and I've served on the Otago Community Trust. I'm proud to have served as Health Minister in the first government to take mental health seriously. I started a new cancer agency, made doctors' visits cheaper, secured record funding for Pharmac, hospital rebuilds and health services.