Local MP re-selected for Tamaki
Member of Parliament for Tamaki, Simon O’Connor, is delighted to have been re-selected as the National Party’s electorate candidate for the 2017 general election.
The confirmation of O’Connor’s candidacy will see him contest his third election in the Tamaki seat.
Prior to his election in 2011, his background included a broad range of experiences from the commercial, public, and voluntary sectors. Mr O’Connor was educated at the University of Auckland.
“I am honoured to have the National Party’s endorsement for next year’s election. I am proud to call Tamaki my home. The people and the lifestyle offered here are second-to-none. We are fortunate to be surrounded by parks, recreational facilities and of course, the unparalleled Tamaki Drive. I would be honoured to serve my community as the local MP for another three years and be their voice at parliament, he says.
“One of my goals is to ensure the new Auckland Council gets a wide-scale upgrade of Tamaki Drive underway. I am keen to see this fantastic regional asset given the attention it deserves, making it more user-friendly for recreational users and drivers. I have initiated a petition seeking community support and will continue to lobby the Council to get this important project underway.
In Parliament, Mr O’Connor serves as the Chair of the Health Select Committee and is currently leading an enquiry into assisted suicide, the biggest enquiry in the history of Parliament. He is also a member of the Commerce Select Committee.
“I am pleased to be part of a great team that oversees an economy that is performing well thanks to our responsible management and the hard work of New Zealanders. We’re creating more jobs, lifting incomes, and providing essential services and support that New Zealanders and their families need.”
Mr O’Connor is engaged to marry School Teacher Rachel Trimble at the end of the year and lives in St Heliers.