Born in Christchurch, Denis has a LLB from Canterbury University.
Denis is an experienced lawyer with special expertise in legal drafting, statutory interpretation, and commercial law, and has served on the boards of several companies and government agencies including Christchurch Transport, Postbank, Recovered Materials Foundation, Meta NZ, Transwaste Canterbury, Christchurch International Airport, the Disputes Tribunal and the Legal Aid Review Panel.
Denis has extensive local government experience as he was a Christchurch City Councillor for 15 years from 1989 to 2004, where he chaired the Sustainable Transport and Utilities Committee.
New Zealand First MPs have inspected the damage and listened to people trying to recover from the disasters. As a result we have put forward policies to help those struggling to cope.
We will integrate emergency services into a single Ministry of Emergency Services. Civil Defence, Police, Fire, and Ambulance will share facilities, stations, radio communication facilities, vehicles and civilian support staff. Information will be shared amongst these services to better co-ordinate services.
New Zealand First aims to make Parliament itself a more responsive and accountable institution, and to give greater power to the community.
New Zealand First believes that all New Zealanders should have quality, affordable accommodation.
The foundation of New Zealand First's justice policy is based on the dual premises that we must adhere to the rule of law and that all New Zealanders must be equal before the law.
New Zealand First is committed to a comprehensive workable transport policy that promotes cost effectiveness, efficiency, and safer transport systems.
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New Zealand is in need of a national understanding of the importance of this issue. Whether a believer or a skeptic what will matter to New Zealand as an export dependent nation is how the world sees us on this issue.
New Zealand First believes in export-led economic development which will add value to our resources, relying on independent business expertise with Government support to encourage economic success.
New Zealand First believes that the role of local government must be aimed at achieving the best return for ratepayer and taxpayer money.
Andrew Williams and Denis O'Rourke will be attending the Speaker's Science Forum presentation on Deep South - understanding the role of Antarctic and the Southern Ocean in Determining our climate
Rt Hon Winston Peters and Denis O'Rourke will be visiting Hokitika and Greymouth on Thursday 20 March 2014.
The Government is completely out of touch with the suffering of Christchurch residents and the ongoing effect of the earthquakes, says New Zealand First.
The Victims of Crime Reform Bill amends and improves the Victims’ Rights Act 2002 ; the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 ; the Parole Act 2002 ; and the Sentencing Act 2002 to p