Kevin has 25 years of experience in the health sector, a history of activism and a business background. His approach is pragmatic and solutions-orientated.
Kevin has held senior positions in the health sector, including as Director of the AIDS Foundation and Chief Executive of the West Coast District Health Board. His early political work included leadership in the anti-apartheid movement and championing our Te Titiri o Waitangi obligations.
Acknowledging the significance of government policy to good health, social and environmental outcomes, Kevin turned his attention to national politics and was elected as a Green MP in 2008.
He is recognised as a highly effective MP, using cooperation as a tool for change while outside of government. After promoting his framework for improvements he has played a key role in achieving cultural changes at ACC. His close work with the Minister and the organisation has demonstrated his success in working across party boundaries.
Kevin is actively involved in the rainbow community and is a staunch opponent of discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. His behind the scenes work on the marriage equality campaign contributed significantly to the passing of marriage equality legislation.
He continues to advocate strongly for those affected by the Pike River tragedy. As the MP who lives nearest to the site he has close links to many of the miners’ families and the local community. He has called the government to account for failures leading up to the tragedy and keeps issues relating to workplace safety active in the House.
Kevin is acutely aware of how much change is required in the health sector. Preventative measures are cost-effective – he knows that many health issues can and should be tackled before they become serious problems. Kevin’s vision is for a health system that saves money, keeps people healthy and provides the right care from the start.
“If not now, then when?”