The Honourable Phil Twyford
joins the Fast Forward fold this season to discuss the role and functions of the upcoming Urban Development Act. He will address the impact that proposed Urban Development Authorities will have on ‘built form’ professions and practice in Auckland and how these will help achieve the government’s urban growth and housing agendas.
Phil Twyford was born and raised in Auckland. He is the Labour Member of Parliament for Te Atatu, where he lives. Phil’s vision is for New Zealand to deliver hope and opportunity to everyone. He is committed to fixing the housing and transport problems affecting the whole country.
Phil studied politics at the University of Auckland before working as a journalist and union organiser and continuing to become the founding Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand. Phil’s strong belief in justice led to him becoming Oxfam’s Global Advocacy Director, based in Washington DC.
Upon returning to New Zealand in, Phil was elected to parliament for the Labour Party in 2008. In opposition, he held the portfolios for housing, transport, Auckland Issues, and disarmament and arms control. As Minister for Urban Development and Transport, Phil is part of the team helping to build New Zealand out of the housing crisis; working with communities to create a safer and more sustainable transport network.
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