Phil Twyford is a New Zealand Member of Parliament.
He is the MP for Te Atatu. He lives in Te Atatu and has been in Parliament since 2008. He is Labour's spokesperson on Transport, Auckland Issues and Associate Environment.
Twyford's parents came to Auckland from England in 1963. He grew up in Albany. As a young man he worked as a reporter for the Auckland Star and Sunday Star newspapers. Twyford later worked as an organiser for the Hotel Workers Union. In the 1990s he set up OXFAM New Zealand, now a multi-million dollar charity that helps the poor and underprivileged. After four years working for OXFAM International based in Washington DC, he returned to New Zealand in 2004.
- I believe everyone in this country of ours deserves an equal start in life, regardless of what jobs our parents have, what suburb we grew up in, what colour our skin is, what god we worship, what sex we are or who we choose to love. That’s why I believe in things like public health, public education, and an ACC system. Because sometimes there are things we do better together as a community rather than as individuals.
- Circa 1985, Twyford attended the September CORSO National Council meeting, YMCA Wellington.
- In 1986, Twyford was on the Auckland CORSO staff. On May 9-11 he attended the CORSO National Council meeting, Elsdon Youth Camp, Porirua.
- 1986 Attended CORSO Annual Assembly, Wgtn Teachers College, 12-14 Sept.Eastern Suburbs rep.
- 1986 Twyford attended the CORSO Projects Committee meeting, CORSO National office 14.11.86, South Pacific sub-committee.
- 1986 Auckland organiser for CORSO, and Kanak Solidarity activist.
- In 1986 Tyford CORSO Auckland organiser and Kanak Solidarity activist. He wrote an article in Overview No 30 on Susanna Ounei and the possibility CORSO will be target for New Caledonian, right wing terrorism.
- 1986, March 14, member of Kanak Solidarity, contact for meeting at which spoke David Small, just back from New Caledonia, on "the state of the independence struggle in Kanaky".
In 1988 Twyford was a journalist. He wrote an article for the Auckland Star, 5.2.88 on NZ Communism, good detail,especially on history of the Workers Communist League, but gross under-estimate of numbers & influence. Claimed only about 300 communists in NZ.
- 1991 April 7, Twyford was involved with the newly established OXFAM, organising their first fund raising event, appearing on TVNZ news.
- 1991 April 30, OXFAM's executive director, and project adviser on projects in the Philippines and Nicaragua.
- 2002 OXFAM International advocacy director based in Washington DC.
In 2005Twyford was Labour Party candidate for the North Shore.
In 2006 Twyford was Labour Party Policy council rep. to the LP's National Council.
Asylum Seeker Policy meeting
Saturday, October 12, 2013, Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd, Auckland.
Public Meeting “Where is New Zealand’s Asylum Seeker Policy Headed?” Panel of speakers: Green MP Jan Logie, Labour MP Phil Twyford, Lawyer Deborah Manning and Journalist Tracey Barnett. Hosted by the Auckland Refugee Council and to be followed by their AGM.
- LP official bio, accessed December 2013
- [Shift, Oct/Nov 89, p2]
- Craccum 24, 1994
- OCTOBER 10, 2013 LEAVE A COMMENT GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER No. 481, OCTOBER 10, 2013