Who is David Parker, 101

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Forgive me father for I have sinned. I almost thought I was reading the profile of a new National MP! Pity he turns out to be one of Helen’s new boys.

I was curious about who new minister David Parker was, so I swooned over to the Labour party website. He does actually sound like he could sit slightly to the right of most other Labour MPs, and has quite a well-rounded background.

He believes in an open trading free-market economy which funds quality public health and education services and avoids extreme divisions between rich and poor. His policy interests include structural unemployment, energy, environment, justice and economics.

An entrepreneur and lawyer, David’s career included setting up new businesses. Before election he played a central role in the creation and management of agri-biotechnology companies BLIS Technologies, Botryzen and Pharmazen.

He has extensive business experience as a CEO and as a company director. He was a founder and director of Fund Managers Holdings Limited, a substantial fund management company, and various related companies. Earlier ventures included cafes and forestry partnerships.

In all he has been instrumental in more than a dozen ventures, most of which succeeded, some outstandingly. His company experience includes Securities Act and Financial Reporting Act compliance. He has taken companies from start-up to the main board of the New Zealand Stock Exchange.

With both David Parker and Clayton Cosgrove being elected to cabinet, it sounds like Labour’s diminished right wing faction got movitaved and lobbied for the election of these two to replace Hawkins and Tamihere.

Hopefully they do a better job than the failed former minister for police. Of course, however they turn out, they are certainly counterbalanced by the likes of the Maori Princess Nanaia Mahuta.

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