Phil Twyford

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The Honourable
Phil Twyford
Phil Twyford.jpg
27th Minister of Housing and Urban Development
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Amy Adams
27th Minister of Transport
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Simon Bridges
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Te Atatū
Assumed office
Preceded by Chris Carter
Personal details
Born (1963-05-04) 4 May 1963 (age 55)
Nationality New Zealander
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Auckland

Philip Stoner Twyford (born 4 May 1963), known as Phil Twyford, is a politician from New Zealand and a member of the Labour Party. He has been a member of parliament since 2008. He is the Labour Party MP for Te Atatū.

Early years

Twyford was born in 1963.[1] His middle name, Stoner, is the maiden name of his mother.[1][2] He is the founder director of Oxfam New Zealand.[3]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th List 26 Labour
2011–2014 50th Te Atatū 33 Labour
2014–2017 51st Te Atatū 7 Labour
2017–present 51st Te Atatū 5 Labour

Twyford stood for election in the North Shore electorate at the 2005 and 2008 elections. He placed second both times but in 2008 he was elected as a list MP. Prior to entering Parliament, Twyford was a representative on Labour's policy council.[4]

Fifth National Government, 2008–2017

Twyford was appointed Labour's spokesperson for Disarmament and Arms Control, Auckland Issues, and associate spokesperson for Foreign Affairs – Development Assistance by Labour leader Phil Goff.

In 2009, Twyford's Local Government (Protection of Auckland Assets) Amendment Bill was drawn from the member's ballot, but failed to pass its first reading.[5] Twyford promoted the bill because of concerns that the reorganisation of Auckland's local governance by National and Act into a "Supercity" unity was partially to allow the sell-off of public assets, a claim his opponents claimed was "scaremongering".[6] Twyford continues to be involved in the matter of Auckland's local government reorganisation, and is a Labour representative on the select committee on the associated Auckland Law Reform bill.[7]

In September 2010, his Depleted Uranium (Prohibition) Bill,[8] which would ban depleted uranium weapons and armour from New Zealand,[9][10] was drawn from the member's ballot.[11] It was debated in June 2012, and failed to advance on a tied vote.[12]

Twyford was Labour Spokesperson for Housing and Auckland Issues, and Associate Spokesperson for the Environment until 2017. He is also a member of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee.[13] In July 2015, Twyford was criticized for alleged racism when he produced statistics claiming that Chinese foreign buyers were disproportionately buying up real estate in Auckland.[14][15]

Sixth Labour Government, 2017–present

Phil Twyford was elected as a Cabinet Minister by the Labour Party caucus following Labour's formation of a coalition government with New Zealand First and the Greens,[16] as the Minister of Housing and Urban Development and the Minister of Transport.[17] In November 2017, Twyford defended his government's proposed Overseas Investment Amendment Act to ban foreign buyers from buying residential property in order to ease the country's housing shortage.[18][19]

On 24 May 2018, Twyford was dismissed from his Civil Aviation portfolio after making an unauthorized phone call on a domestic flight as the plane was taking off, a violation of national civil aviation laws. The matter had been raised by Opposition Transport spokesperson Judith Collins. Twyford also offered to resign as Transport Minister but his resignation was turned down by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.[20][21]

Political views

In his maiden speech to Parliament, Twyford expressed support for a New Zealand republic.[22] He supports the view that Chinese buyers are the cause of Auckland's housing issues.[23][neutrality is disputed]


  1. ^ a b Gower, Patrick (14 January 2009). "New voices: Sam Lotu-Iiga, Phil Twyford and David Garrett". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "New Zealand Hansard – Members Sworn [Volume:651;Page:2]". New Zealand Parliament. 
  3. ^ Twyford, Phil (17 June 2016). "New Zealand Labour MP Phil Twyford's tribute to friend Jo Cox". Retrieved 2 July 2017. 
  4. ^ "New Zealand Council Members". Archived from the original on 26 October 2007. Retrieved 10 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Local Government (Protection of Auckland Assets) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Labour's Auckland Assets Bill Defeated In Parliament"., with NZPA material. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "Select Committee – Auckland Governance Legislation". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  8. ^ John McSoriley, Local Government (Protection of Auckland Assets) Amendment Bill 2009, Bills Digest No 1972 Parliamentary Library, Wellington (Retrieved 23 December 2012)
  9. ^ "Kiwi MP submits Members Bill calling for depleted uranium ban". International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons. 19 November 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  10. ^ Phil Twyford (18 November 2009). "I can smell the (depleted) uranium on your breath". Red Alert. Archived from the original on 19 November 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "Depleted Uranium (Prohibition) Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  12. ^ Kate Shuttleworth (28 June 2012). "Uranium weapons deal rejected after one MP down". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  13. ^ New Zealand Parliament – Phil Twyford MP
  14. ^ "Twyford's 'racist', 'cynical' Chinese property buyer statistics de-bunked". 1 News. 11 July 2015. Retrieved 26 August 2018. 
  15. ^ Walters, Laura (11 July 2015). "Labour's 'half-baked' property data turns Chinese buyers into 'scapegoats'". Retrieved 26 August 2018. 
  16. ^ "Who's in? Who's out?". Radio NZ. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 
  17. ^ "Jacinda Ardern reveals ministers of new government". The New Zealand Herald. 25 October 2017. 
  18. ^ "Foreign buyer ban will work, Phil Twyford insists". Newshub. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2018. 
  19. ^ "Twyford not worried about Chinese real estate promo". Radio New Zealand. 17 November 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2018. 
  20. ^ Watkins, Tracy; Moir, Jo (24 May 2018). "Minister Phil Twyford apologises for Civil Aviation breach". Retrieved 24 May 2018. 
  21. ^ Bennett, Lucy (24 May 2018). "Grounded: Phil Twyford offers to resign, stripped of role after phone call on plane". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 May 2018. 
  22. ^ "Head of State Referenda Bill — First Reading". Hansard. 21 April 2010. 
  23. ^ "Labour's 'half-baked' property data turns Chinese buyers into 'scapegoats'". 

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Preceded by
Chris Carter
Member of Parliament
for Te Atatu

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Minister of Transport
Preceded by
Amy Adams
Minister of Housing and Urban Development
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