About Simon

Simon has been the Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade Committee since 2017.  Prior to that, he served as the Chair of the Health Committee from 2014 - 2017.  He is also currently the National Party Spokesperson for Customs, Associate Spokesperson for Housing (Social), and Associate Spokesperson  for Social Development.

In 2011, Simon was elected as the Member of Parliament for Tamaki.  Prior to his election, his background included a broad range of experiences from the commercial, public, and voluntary sectors.

Simon was educated at the University of Auckland, and also trained to become a Catholic priest.  Though he completed his training, he did not seek ordination.  Instead, he sought wider involvement in the community to make a practical, hands-on difference.

Raised in Whangarei, Simon came to Auckland in 1994 to begin his university studies.  Apart from his two years working on aide development projects in Fiji and a year spent in the United States, Auckland has remained his home ever since.

Simon is a director on the board of Monarchy New Zealand, a nationwide constitutional lobby group, and is a frequent media commentator on constitutional and monarchical issues in New Zealand.  He has been active within the National Party for many years, holding numerous offices, and was a list candidate in 2008.

He is dedicated to lifelong education and completed a Masters of Political Studies in 2010, which he undertook while working full-time.

Simon is committed to working hard for the people of Tamaki, ensuring that their views are represented in Parliament. He attends hundreds of meetings and events each year throughout the electorate and works closely with constituents to resolve problems they are facing.

Simon lives in the electorate with his wife and has five step-children.