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Hon Simon BridgesHon Simon Bridges is a National List MP for Tauranga.

Simon was selected as National’s candidate for Tauranga in June 2008, and elected that year as the MP for Tauranga. He was successful again in 2011.

Since being elected in 2008, Simon has been a member of the Law and Order Select Committee, the Auckland Governance Select Committee, the Maori Affairs Select Committee and is a former Deputy-Chairperson of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. In the current Parliament, he was the Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee and member of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee until he became a Minister in April 2012.

His current portfolios are:


Hon Judith Collins

Hon Judith Collins was elected to Parliament in 2002 and is the MP for Papakura following the 2011 election. Judith Collins is the Minister for ACC in the National-led Government. She is leading major culture change at ACC to ensure the corporation rebuilds New Zealanders’ trust and confidence in the scheme.

Her current portfolios are:



Helen Kelly.

Helen Kelly was elected CTU president at the biennial conference in 2007. She had been CTU Vice President since September 2003.

She has a long history in the union movement, primarily in the education sector, as an organiser for the Association of University Staff and holding several positions including Assistant Secretary in the New Zealand Educational Institute. Within NZEI she played a prominent role in the pay parity campaign for kindergarten and primary teachers. Helen became the general secretary of AUS in June 2002, a role she held until becoming CTU president.

Helen trained as a teacher and has an LLB from Victoria University. Her CTU responsibilities include economic development, employment law, climate change, social partnership, ACC and pay and employment equity. She co-chairs the Workplace Health and Safety Council.

Helen is responsible for CTU international work through the International Trade Union Congress and the International Labour Organisation.



Phil O'Reilly.

Phil O’Reilly is Chief Executive of Business NZ, New Zealand’s largest business advocacy organisation. Phil has a background in business, advocacy and communications in enterprises in New Zealand and Australia.

During the 1980s he was Industrial Advocate, Auckland Employers Association Inc.  In 1990 he became Executive Director of the Newspaper Publishers Association of NZ.  During this period he also served as Chairman of the NZ Advertising Standards Authority. In 2000 he was appointed Head of Employment Policy and Communication at Westpac Bank in Sydney before returning to New Zealand to his role at BusinessNZ.

Phil has an M.A. Hons in History from Auckland University, and has attended Stanford University and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.

Some of the responsibilities Phil fulfils as BusinessNZ Chief Executive include work with the International Labour Organisation, the International Organisation of Employers, the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD and numerous New Zealand Board positions.



Andrew Casidy.

Andrew Casidy has 20 years of experience as a union official and advocate on behalf of employees in the Finance Sector. He currently works and the General Manager – Membership for the New Zealand Educational Institution (NZEI). His previous experience includes managing health and safety in a workplace as a union official. He has an in-depth involvement in representing members in the ACC Partnership Programme with a number of employers and in various Health and Safety structures along with strong campaign experience in promoting other issues of interest to union members.

Andrew is a member of both the Union Network International (UNI) Asia Pacific and World Finance Steering Groups.



Fritz Drissner.

Fritz Drissner is the Health and Safety Co-ordinator for the EPMU and has been working for the union for over 10 years.

Originally from Germany Fritz has twenty years experience in health social work, rehabilitation and health and safety training. He possess a wealth of knowledge regarding health and safety practice in New Zealand.

He has a BA from Auckland University and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health from Massey University.



Paul Jarvie.

Paul Jarvie has been involved for many years with injury rehabilitation work, and providing health and safety services to companies. He has a wide range of experience with health and safety issues in a diverse range of industry sectors from banking, to mining and heavy engineering.

He has been involved with training of workers and managers in health and safety issues, and has also been involved in the professional training of health and safety practitioners.

He has been involved in the development of different guidelines, codes of practice, and educational materials and programmes.

He has played a leading role in professional development and conduct of people working in health and safety professions.



Panu Raea.

Panu Raea has a background and experience in town planning, working as a barrister and solicitor, health and safety consultant, and as a senior executive in a multi-national forestry company. He holds the qualifications of Master of Laws (Hons), Bachelor of Town Planning, Diploma of Project Management and has also completed the Senior Executive Programme at London Business School. Panu was also awarded the Senior Law prize in Maori Land Law in 1991.

Panu is currently General Manager, Safety and Employee Well-being at Air New Zealand. Panu’s experience as a senior executive with Carter Holt Harvey Ltd has included experience as a Chief Executive, General Manager, and in-house Legal Counsel. He has expertise in health, safety and environment management and performance improvement, asset and business risk management, Government relations, change management, strategic development, training and development of staff, and acquisitions, mergers, and disposal of companies.

He has skills across the corporate management field, including strategic planning, finance, marketing, and human relations. He has experience in leadership and he has been involved in coaching, mentoring and people development. His role as a health, safety and environment general manager has also included managing workers compensation and self insurance schemes. In this role Panu has also built relationships with Maori and has managed negotiations with Maori being one of the single largest stakeholders in relation to forestry lands in New Zealand.

Panu is of Cook Island descent. He was recognised as the Pacific Business Leader of the year in 2003.