Simon O'Connor MP for Tamaki
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.
Simon is a keen fencer, motorcyclist, runner, and supporter of the arts. 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 is Chair of the Health Select Committee and a member of the Commerce Select Committee. He attends hundreds of meetings and events each year throughout the electorate and works closely with constituents to resolve problems they are facing.